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Gyllenhaal to Play Namath in an Upcoming Bio Flick

The Jets Examiner reports today that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is going to be playing the role of Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath in an upcoming movie:

There comes a time in every icon’s life where the rights to his name and likeness are licensed for the purposes of a major motion picture. For “Broadway” Joe Namath, that time is now.

Initially rumored nearly two years ago, a recent update to Jake Gyllenhaal’s IMDb filmography is finally confirming him as the actor chosen to portray the New York Jets’ legendary quarterback.

The film is expected to follow Namath’s life as one of the game’s first true stars while transcending the sport to become the most recognizable face of American football.

Adapting Broadway Joe’s story to the big screen will be David Hollander, most recently known for his work on A&E’s critically-acclaimed drama The Cleaner. Mad Chance and Andrew Lazar will handle the production end of the film.

It’s unknown where Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Namath will begin, especially given Joe Willie’s numerous exploits in the early stages of his career. However, there are at least two logical starting points to properly introduce him to wider audiences.

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