Jamie Vardy’s rise from non-league football to England star is to be documented in a film.
And when we say film, we don’t mean just a short, low-budget flick. We’re talking Hollywood.
Adrian Butchart, who wrote the movie Goal!, is set to write and produce the Vardy film and he wants an A-list cast to support it.
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That includes One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and footballer-turned-action hero Vinnie Jones. Ok, so it might not be first-rate talent, but those are two big names who would attract many viewers.
The Leicester striker admitted he wants Jones to portray him but, though Butchart wants the former Wimbledon hero to feature, it won’t be as Vardy.
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Instead, Jones is lined up to play ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.
When you think about it, the casting makes perfect sense. Pearson proved to be a fiery character last season, especially when he called a journalist an ostrich in a press conference, and Jones, a member of Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang, fits the bill.
Support for Jones
Butchart told The Sun: “I think Jamie jokingly said that at one point he’d like Vinnie Jones.
“Ironically, a poll ran in the Leicester Mercury on Tuesday on who would play Nigel Pearson and the choices were Ray Stevenson, Jason Statham or Vinnie Jones.
“I think 74 per cent of the readers voted for Vinnie Jones.
“We’ve actually got in touch with Vinnie. We quite like him for that role anyway so we got in touch with him and are talking to him about it. If he says yes, we’d be delighted.”
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In fairness, Vardy’s story is fascinating. Four years ago he was scoring goals for non-league Fleetwood; last month, he stunned Germany with a delightful flick in England’s 3-2 friendly win over the World Cup winners.
On Sunday, the striker scored a brace to put the Foxes on the brink of the Premier League title.
It would certainly make for interesting viewing, especially given Vardy’s criminal background.
Butchart has been doing research ahead of production, which is set to start after the European Championship with the thought that Vardy’s tale could end in Premier League and international glory.
“I’ve had several discussions with Jamie, his fiancee Becky, I went to the factory where he used to work in and all the people he used to work with,” the British screenwriter and producer added.
“I went to Stocksbridge Park Steels, to Fleetwood where I watched a game. I’ve got a long list of people to see.
“Nigel is next on the list and with Roy [Hodgson], I just want to pick a time when he’s not busy with England.
“Roy is of interest because he nearly signed Jamie when he was at West Brom and didn’t and he’s been quoted as saying that he regrets it.”
A book chronicling Vardy’s rise is being penned, too. It must all seem like a fantasy to the 29-year-old.