Gerard Butler Sticks with Soccer for True Story Sports Drama 'Dynamo'
by Ethan Anderton
October 31, 2012
After taking on the role of a retired soccer player dealing with family struggles in Playing for Keeps (hitting theaters December 7th), Gerard Butler will get back on the soccer field for a real life drama. Deadline has word that Butler will lead Dynamo, a drama based on Andy Dougan's book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kievby. The book follows a historical soccer match that took place during World War II between the Ukranian soccer team and the Nazi party, who was occupying their country at the time, and brought toegether a super team of top German soccer players to try and show off their Aryan superiority. Read on!
Butler is playing the teams goalie Nikolai Trusevich, who also served as the leader of the Ukranians and inspired the city of Kiev at a time when it was desperately needed. The game was called The Death Match, and that makes for some pretty compelling drama. It sounds like we're looking at a powerful story akin to Remember the Titans or Miracle, mixed in with some World War II tension. Clearly the soccer match itself serves as an allegory for resistance against a tyrannical people, but standing up to these Nazis, even in a soccer match, took real bravery, and the men who played certainly became heroes. Stay tuned.