HOLLYWOOD – Following his heroic performance between the posts for Team USA at the World Cup, Tim Howard is to become a subject for a new film starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, entitled: Goalkeeper.
The new film – directed by Wolfgang Petersen – will chart the rise of the bearded ball stopper from the lowly North Jersey Imperials to the middling English football club Everton. ‘It’s kind of a rags to riches Cinderella story,’ said Johnson who admitted to being unfamiliar with the rules of ‘kick soccer’ before accepting the role.
It’s fascinating really. Here is a guy whose position in the team is to stop people scoring goals, even though the whole idea of the soccer football is to score goals. So paradoxically he’s doing the opposite of what he is supposed to do! I mean, talk about complex.
Petersen – famous in his native Germany for his World War 2 film about a famous striker Das Boot – expressed pleasure at returning to the genre which had brought him early success.
This is the film which will make soccer a number one sport for the Americans. I always do this. When I made The Perfect Storm everyone said, ‘No one will like it. Americans don’t get weather.’ After I made it, there were more storms and hurricanes than ever before in America. All because of my little film.
The Goalkeeper will be released in 2016.