Kari Skogland Connected to Direct Teen Woman Soccer Success Story, Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch Wrote Script

Kari Skogland (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”) has signed on to direct function movie “Dallas Sting,” a few group of feminine highschool soccer gamers from Dallas who went as underdogs to a event in China in 1984 and, extremely, ended up beating among the greatest girls’s groups from around the globe. Deadline broke the information.

Primarily based on a real story, the drama is scripted by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who beforehand labored collectively on “GLOW,” “Nurse Jackie,” and this yr’s Apple TV+ sequence “Roar.”

“In 1984, President Reagan made a concerted effort to open relations with China. China in flip invited America to ship its U.S. Girls’s Soccer Group to the primary world championship they have been holding for ladies’s soccer. There was just one drawback – there was no U.S. Girls’s Soccer Group,” particulars the supply. “A nationwide search led officers to a 19-and-under league of Dallas highschool women who referred to as themselves The Sting, after the latest Robert Redford-Paul Newman hit film.”

Matthew McConaughey is on board to star because the workforce’s coach, Invoice Kinder, “who had no prior expertise teaching soccer earlier than he fashioned the workforce — the story of how this passionate group of younger girls acquired to China was miraculous. And what they did towards the world’s high girls’s groups from China, Australia, and Italy — comprised of grown girls who performed collectively for years — was nothing wanting a miracle.”

The function has been in growth with Skydance and Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter’s (TV’s “Supergirl, “Batwoman”) Berlanti Schechter Productions, and a distribution deal is predicted to be made earlier than the movie goes into manufacturing within the fall. Deadline beforehand shared that the 2 firms had gained a film public sale and purchased an unpublished article concerning the soccer workforce, again in 2020. Stated Schechter then, “The story exhibits how girls have been and nonetheless are handled poorly around the globe in sports activities in comparison with their male counterparts. To see what The Sting did with little assist and no cash, intertwined with how these very totally different younger women meshed for the love of the game and nation, is one thing lovely that deserves to not be misplaced to historical past.”

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The U.S. girls’s nationwide workforce — which has since gone on to realize Olympic and World Cup dominance within the sport — performed its first match in 1985.

Skogland, who helmed Marvel sequence “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” has in depth TV directing credit which additionally embrace episodes of “Worry the Strolling Lifeless,” “The Individuals,” and “The Handmaid’s Story.” She can be set to direct the Gal Gadot-starring “Cleopatra” pic, stepping in for the beforehand hooked up Patty Jenkins.

No phrase but on casting for the teenager roles in “Dallas Sting.”



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