Viola Davis will be Michael Jordan's mother in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's film

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Viola Davis will be Michael Jordan's mother in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's film

The highly anticipated film on the agreement between Nike and Michael Jordan will have a new protagonist: Viola Davis. The film is a biopic about Sonny Vaccaro, the legendary former Nike executive who signed the billionaire deal with Michael Jordan.

The contract was one of the most important in history, because it left Nike among the best sports companies ever, while consolidating the fame of the rising star Jordan. The film will be written and starred by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Affleck is also a director, while Damon is one of the producers. In these hours the rest of the cast was then announced.

The cast of the still untitled film

Matt Damon is Sonny Vaccaro while Ben Affleck is Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

The actor who will play Michael Jordan has not yet been revealed. Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, who are also husband and wife in reality, will be Deloris and James Jordan, Michael's parents. Deloris, had a fundamental role in the realization of the collaboration between his son and Nike.

Jason Bateman will be Rob Strasser, Vaccaro's boss and Nike executive. Matthew Maher plays Peter Moore, Nike's designer of the Air Jordan sneakers.

Michael Jordan's career

Michael Jordan played for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the team to victory in the NCAA National Championship in 1982.

He was then chosen third in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and quickly became one of the stars of the league, helping to spread the NBA worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1991 he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, then repeated with two more successes in 1992 and 1993, winning a three-peat, after which he retired to pursue a career in baseball.

He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and led them to another three-peat victory (1996, 1997 and 1998). He retired a second time in 1999, and then returned as a member of the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, before retiring for good.

Individual honors include six Finals MVPs, ten Top Scorer titles (both records), five Regular Season MVPs, ten All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA appearances All-Star Game, three All-Star Game MVPs and an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

He holds NBA records for the highest point average in regular season history (30.12 points per game) and in playoff history (33.45 points per game). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: in 2009 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.

He became a member of the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame in 2015. On November 22, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by US President Barack Obama.