The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin has been set to star in Robin Friday, a biopic about the controversial 1970s English soccer legend who died at age 38. The film is based on the biography The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story, co-written by Paolo Hewitt, who also penned the screenplay was written by producer Julian Stone and Hewitt.
In the UK, Friday’s wild lifestyle and athletic prowess is well known as he was considered a working-class hero. In 2004, he was voted “all time cult hero” in a BBC poll. He also was named No. 1 in a Channel 4 list of soccer Bad Boys. The producers plan on casting professional soccer players for the film.
The project is being directed by Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect) and produced by Mike Young, Julian Stone and Hewitt of RF Movie Productions Ltd. Developed with funding and support from Film Cymru Wales, the film is scheduled to go before the cameras this fall in the UK.
Financing partners include Global Film Partners’ Daniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta. Ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights.
CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film’s North American rights for the project.
Claflin next will be seen in the final installment of Lionsgate’s global box office franchise The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in November. His film credits also include Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Lone Scherfig’s recently released The Riot Club. He is currently in production on Me Before You with Emilia Clarke and Janet McTeer for New Line and then will reteam with Scherfig on Their Finest Hour And A Half and also Snow White And The Huntsman opposite Kristen Stewart.
Henry-Alex Rubin previoiusly directed the documentary Murderball, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Audience Award at Sundance. Rubin is a very well-regarded commercial director who has won multiple awards for his work on campaigns for companies including Adidas, Gatorade, Volvo, VW, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Google.
Claflin is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group and Rubin by CAA and Management 360.