update - 6/8/2004
Producers of Goal! have announced that Danny Cannon will be
the new director of the trilogy. He replaces Michael Winterbottom,
who left the project due to creative differences.
Who's Danny Cannon you ask?
Well, Cannon is currently the director, executive producer and
writer of American dramas, CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.
He has also directed a number of films, including: Judge Dredd,
I still know what you did last summer and The Young Americans.
Filming of Goal! in Newcastle will recommence in November.
It's almost a movie script in itself; Newcastle United Football
Club are to star in a major Hollywood film.
Luna - The Alan Shearer of Hollywood?
is a trilogy that charts the rise of young Hispanic footballer,
Santiago, from the Premier League to World Cup star.
There is a truly international feel to this project with Diego
Luna, (Y tú mama también, Open Range and Dirty
Dancing 2: Havana Nights) cast as the young footballer.
joined by Stellan Skarsgard ( Breaking The Waves, Good Will Hunting),
Kieron O'Brien (Burn it, Band of Brothers) and James Nesbitt (Cold
Feet, Murphy's Law) who will play Santiago's Agent.
Music will also play an important part in the movie, with big-name
artists being lined up to create songs for the soundtrack.
trio of films are being produced by Los Angeles film production
company, Milkshake Films, and has the backing of Mel Gibson's Icon
Productions. The project also has the full support of football's
governing body, FIFA.
Producer Mike Jefferies described Newcastle as "a wonderful
backdrop, with very colourful people and fans as passionate as anywhere
in the world"
- Mike Jefferies
filming started on the big budget feature, with a trip to Mallorca
to record footage of play from Newcastle's fourth round UEFA Cup
is also a chance for locals to see themselves on celluloid, as producers
will be looking for extras when they start shooting around the city.
(However, BBC Tyne has no further details on this and are just as
keen to be in a Hollywood film as you are!)
Goal! starts shooting at the end of April, so keep your eyes peeled
and you could just end up appearing in a Hollywood flick!