Marsai Martin, Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland, and Rome Flynn are all cast in the upcoming feature family film Fantasy Football for Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films. Elijah Richardson, Hanani Taylor, Abigail Killmeier, Tyla Harris, Isac Ivan and Tony Gonzalez round out the cast.
Anton Copper is directing Fantasy Football which follows 16-year-old Callie Coleman (Martin), who discovers that she can control her professional football player dad Bobby Coleman’s (Hardwick) prowess on the field through EA Sports’ Madden NFL.
Rowland is playing Callie’s mother, Keisha Coleman, with Flynn portraying Bobby’s rookie archival, Anderson Fisher.
Dan Gurewitch & David Young wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was based on an original screenplay by Richard T. Jones & Jeremy Loethen and Tim Ogletree.
LeBron James, Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson are producing for the SpringHill Company, with Marsai Martin and Joshua Martin of Genius Entertainment and Timothy Bourne. Carol Martin and Jamila Jordan-Theus are exec producing for Genius Entertainment.
Studer, who serves as EVP of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films, is overseeing the project with Nickelodeon’s Director of Development, Jessica Smith. NFL Films and EA Sports are also on board to provide the sports expertise necessary to the film’s production.
Production for Fantasy Football has begun in Atlanta and will debut exclusively on Paramount+ later this year.
Fantasy Football is the third film to enter production under Awesomeness and Nickelodeon’s live-action film studio head Syrinthia Studer, following The J Team, starring and executive produced by JoJo Siwa, and the upcoming Honor Society, starring Angourie Rice and Gaten Matarazzo.