Rodrigo Santoro, Vincent D'Onofrio & Diego Boneta Join 'Pelé' Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
October 3, 2013
Seine Pictures has announced the start of principal photography on Pelé, a biopic about iconic Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, and they've also announced the principal cast of the film shooting on location in Brazil with writers Michael and Jeff Zimbalist also working behind the camera. Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro are in final talks to join the chronicle of the legendary athlete from childhood to his acclaimed soccer career. They will be joined by Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages), Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)in supporting roles.
Imagine Entertainment co-founder and Academy Award winer Brian Grazer is producing the film which will tell the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy to the 17 year old player who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever. Sounds like your typical sports drama.
Pelé also stars Marianna Nunes, Milton Goncales, Rafael Henrique, Marcus Vinicius, Julio Levy, Thelmo Fernandes, Felipe Simas, Charles Myara, Jerome Franz, and Roger Haag. As for the principal cast, Vincent D'Onofrio will play the Brazilian team’s World Cup coach Feola, and Diego Boneta will play Pelé’s arch rival Jose, responsible for giving him the infamous nickname when they were children. Seu Jorge will play Pelé’s father, Dondinho, while younger versions of the athlete will be played b Kevin de Paula from ages 13-17 and Leonardo Lima Carvalho at age 10. Finally, Colm Meaney will play the role of Coach Raynor, the Swedish World Cup coach. As for Santoro, we're not sure what role he's playing, but it's likely not Pelé himself, for obvious reasons. Stay tuned for anymore developments.