One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has been pencilled in for a lead role in the new movie about the fairytale story of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
World famous script writer Adrian Butchart, who produced the movie Goal that grossed in over £25m in 2005 and 2007 at the Box Office, claims that he has decided to pick 24-year-old Tomlinson to portray Vardy because he hails from South Yorkshire and also shares similar accent with the former Fleetwood Town striker.
However, Tomlinson will be auditioned alongside big names in Hollywood – Zac Effron and Robert Pattinson for the lead role.
Allsoccerplanet understands Tomlinson, who once played for the reserve side of boyhood club Doncaster Rovers before going to acting school as a kid and had small roles in ITV’s If I Had You and BBC’s Waterloo Road which means he is not new to the big screens.
“We are looking at a few actors. Zac Effron and Robert Pattinson are two favorites, however One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is also very much on our radar, he’s apparently a great footballer, he can act and he’s from South Yorkshire so the accent won’t be a problem for him,” British-born Butchart said.
“In fact we hear he’s a Jamie Vardy fan, he even tweeted Jamie when he broke the goal scoring record in November.”
Planning for the Hollywood film about Vardy’s life will progress next week with screenwriter Butchart due in the UK for talks and research about the Leicester striker’s remarkable rise.
Butchart’s Hollywood movie firm Knightsbridge will handle production with financial assistance from heavyweights such as Universal, Disney and Warner Brothers who are all interested in the project
He will also spend time with Vardy and those closest to him, and visit Stocksbridge Park Steels and the medical splits factory where the 28-year-old worked before joining Fleetwood as a full-time professional.
Butchart would also like to speak to England manager Roy Hodgson, and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who took a gamble by bringing Vardy him to the King Power Stadium where he has been meteorically transformed to a non-league player to a Barclays Premier League top scorer with 16 goals.