First look: Pelé biopic
The film's initial frame is revealed
Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento – better known to the world as Pelé – scored 1,283 goals in his career and is the only player who was on teams that won the World Cup three times. He also stopped a civil war in Belgian Congo in 1969 as the combatants wanted to watch him play, and during the 1966 World Cup in England got a phone call from the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein offering an exclusive Beatles' performance for the Brazilian team. He was politely refused.
The story of the poor Brazilian kid from the Tres Coracoes hamlet who became the King of Football and a global legend will finally be told in an English-language feature for the world market in Pelé. The biopic will focus on his rise from a young boy to his first World Cup victory in 1958.
The film is a U.S. production from Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures, with Rio de Janeiro city film agency RioFilme a co-producer; which invested $1 million in the production. Exclusive Media is handling international sales. It's helmed by brothers Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, who are not new to Latin America, having produced the Emmy-nominated The Two Escobars; Jeff Zimbalist has also lived in Rio.
The film is planned to be released just before the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year, which kicks off June 12 - July 13.
The first frame from the film Pelé was released this week