Photo: Biopic on Brazilian Soccer Great Pelé in Preproduction
Preproduction for a biopic based on the life of Brazilian soccer icon Pelé, born Edison Arantes do Nascimento, is underway after Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures licensed his life rights.
Filming is set to begin in August, according to Deadline, and the Executive Media will reportedly be selling worldwide rights at the Cannes film market.
Pelé has been listed as an executive producer alongside Paul Kemsley and Guy East.
Consider the best soccer player in the sport’s history, Pelé, now 72, is considered a national hero in his native Brazil.
According to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) he is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. In total, Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games. In 1958, at 17, he became the youngest player to ever play in a World Cup final, and led Brazil to their first World Cup title.
News of the Pelé biopic comes on the heels of similar news regarding Lionel Messi.
Earlier this week, it was announced Hollywood was working to make a film about the Argentine soccer phenom. Messi, who places for FC Barcelona in La Liga, is just 25, but is currently considered the best in the world. He has won five consecutive FIFA/Ballon d’Or awards, the first player in history to do so.
This past November, Messi scored his 75th and 76th goals in the 2012-2013 season, surpassing Pelé‘s record of 745 goals in a calendar year.