De Niro signs up for sport film
Published 10/03/2010 | 16:52
Robert De Niro is set to play legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi in an upcoming movie.
ESPN said the Academy Award-winning actor had agreed to play the coach in the film, which it is developing with Andell Entertainment and the NFL.
Lombardi will chronicle the years in which he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the NFL's worst team to league champions.
It is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2012 during the weekend between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.
Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for Forrest Gump, has also signed on to the project. De Niro's Tribeca Productions will join the producing group.
A director has yet to be chosen.