I can’t say I was expecting this…but I’m kind of here for it.
We all know Will Ferrell as one of the biggest comedic actors in the game, starring in several smash hit comedies such as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, Elf, Semi-Pro, and so many more.
But it appears that Ferrell will be taking on a more serious role in his next movie, as he’s set to star as Hall of Fame NFL coach John Madden, according to Deadline.
The Amazon/MGM movie, titled Madden, will be directed by five-time Oscar nominee director David O. Russell.
The movie is based on a script by Cambron Clark, with Russell doing a rewrite while everything stopped due to the writer’s strike.
Madden will reportedly tell the life story of the football icon, and how he only wanted to be a football coach, ultimately becoming one of the greatest to ever do it, focusing on the stresses of the job after winning the Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders and how it forced him away from his dream job.
The movie will also feature Madden’s friendship with Raiders’ owner Al Davis, and how he transitioned from coach to legendary NFL broadcaster.
And of course, we all know Madden for his iconic NFL video game, Madden.
Madden will be produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jonathan Shukat, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch.
John Madden passed away back in 2021 on December 28th at the age of 85, and needless to say, this is one great way to remember his legacy.