Casting News: Bill Nighy and Micheal Ward to Captain Soccer Movie 'The Beautiful Game'

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Bill Nighy and Micheal Ward have signed up to star in a sports movie with a difference – it's centered around soccer's Homeless World Cup.

Titled The Beautiful Game, the movie is being directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You). According to Deadline, Nighy will play a soccer coach, Mal, who takes a team from London to Rome to compete in an annual tournament for homeless people.

Ward, winner of the Rising Star prize at the 2020 BAFTA Film Awards, will play a talented last-minute addition to the team, Vinny, who has a few deep-rooted personal issues to work through.

Other cast members include Valeria Golino (Morning Show), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum), Callum Scott Howells (It’s a Sin), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The End of the F**king World), Sheyi Cole (Small Axe), and Kit Young (Shadow & Bone).

The movie has a screenplay by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who wrote the Doctor Who episodes "In the Forest of the Night" and "Smile," as well as the Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth movie The Railway Man.

"The Beautiful Game is a film about succeeding against the odds. Our film shows the joy, drama and excitement of this real life tournament and the enormous potential of people left behind by society," said the movie's producer Graham Broadbent. "We’ve worked closely with the Homeless World Cup Foundation and our writer Frank has met many players from who’s real life stories he has created our characters, and we’re happy to welcome many former players from the real tournament to be a part of the filming in Rome and London.”

Filming on the movie, which has been commissioned by Netflix, is underway now in Rome. You can whet your appetite by reading our recent feature on Bill Nighy.

Are you looking forward to watching The Beautiful Game?