Oregon Ducks’ legend Phil Knight is coming to a big screen near you this spring.
On Monday, it was announced that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are releasing a new move titled “AIR” which depicts the beginning of Nike, and Knight’s pursuit of NBA legend Michael Jordan in the 1980s.
Affleck, a two-time Oscar Award winner, will be portraying a young Knight, while Damon, another Oscar Award winner, will portray Sonny Vaccaro, one of the driving forces in creation of Air Jordan.
Viola Davis and Jason Bateman will also star in the movie, per Front Office Sports.
The movie is reportedly being released by Amazon.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been working on a movie detailing the birth of Nike & the Air Jordan brand.
Affleck will play Nike founder Phil Knight, and Damon is playing Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro.
The film will be released on April 5th. pic.twitter.com/ps185ReMKD
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) January 23, 2023
Seeing Knight portrayed on the big screen isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact, most recently in the HBO series ‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,’ Knight was portrayed once again in the race to land Magic Johnson to a sneaker contract early in his career as well.
Tyson Alger, with the i5 Corridor, interviewed the actor who played Knight, Olli Haaskivi, about playing the sports apparel giant.
The I-5 Corridor was interviewing guys who played Phil Knight before it was cool.
What can Ben Affleck expect?
Here's Olli Haaskivi from Winning Time (now unlocked). https://t.co/tObMNgR18b
— Tyson Alger (@tysonalger) April 20, 2022