Ben Affleck returns to the director's chair for a star-studded true story about the creation of the Air Jordan.
The sport of basketball has a rich and vibrant history in movie history, but it's a little hard to believe we haven't seen a proper biopic that focuses on one of the biggest stars in the game. sports history, Michael Jordan. Not that we're trying to dismiss Space Jam (1996), where the NBA icon helped the Looney Tunes take on a bunch of crazed aliens, but a more accurate true story has yet to be told. Now, director/producer/actor Ben Affleck will tell Michael Jordan's origin story in a way that is, in part, entirely unique.
We say in part because Affleck's next directorial effort won't directly tell the story of Michael's rise to basketball stardom, instead focusing on the iconic sneaker that would become the star of the basketball world. sneakers. Simply titled Air (2023), the film is Ben Affleck's fifth directorial film and stars longtime friend and co-star Matt Damon as Sonny Vaccaro, the aspiring sports manager guru whose fame was to find a young Michael Jordan for his historic engagement. to a contract. at Nike. Not only will Michael Jordan's humble origins be explored, but Air will also show how Nike grew from an industry joke to one of the biggest sporting goods brands in the world.
For full cast, release date, trailer, and more on the planned new movie, read everything we know about Air so far below.
The first trailer for The Air was released on Wednesday, February 9, and quickly features Sonny Vaccaro, brought in by Nike co-founder Phil Knight (Ben Affleck). As the film version of Nike manager Rob Strasser (Jason Bateman) notes, 1984 was a tough time for Nike. Their basketball apparel department has become the laughing stock of the industry, and they are consistently overshadowed by industry leader Converse. The company therefore badly needs a blow, and quickly. Then Sonny encounters a miracle. A videotape of a promising rookie who is so amazing he looks set to become basketball's next big star. After all, that player was, you guessed it, Michael Jordan, and it wasn't long before Vaccaro had the crazy idea of creating an all-new Michael Jordan-style basketball shoe: the Air Jordan. The trailer ends by introducing the impressive cast, consisting of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, Chris Tucker and Viola Davis, as well as a brief post-title stinger with Phil Knight worried about the looks done. Jordan's name.
Is Air Releasing on Streaming or in Theaters?Although an Amazon Studios production, Air will be a theatrical exclusive when it opens in April 2023. It's a somewhat surprising move given that Amazon has invested so much in its streaming giant, Amazon Prime Video, but a theatrical release means Air will be eligible for accolades like the Oscars. That being said, it's highly likely that Prime Video will become the home of the basketball biopic once Air's theatrical release is complete.
What Is the Release Date of Air?Air will have your shoes on and be ready when it hits theaters exclusively on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
What Is the Plot of Air?From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR unveils the incredible, groundbreaking partnership between then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike's burgeoning basketball division, revolutionizing the world of sport and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. . This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with all that is at stake, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the value of her son's immense talent, and the phenomenon of basketball- ball that would become the greatest of all time.
Who Is Making Air?Ben Affleck is obviously known for his acting work playing superheroes like Batman and Daredevil in dramatic performances like Gone Girl (2014) and comedies like Mallrats (1995). Despite these great roles, Affleck is a master of his craft behind the camera, delivering blow after blow with Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010) and Argo (2012). Air marks Affleck's first time directing a film that isn't a noir crime drama. Not to mention that Affleck's writing and producing work has also made him a recognized and respected figure in the industry. Affleck will also serve as a producer on Air.
Air will also be written by newcomer Alex Convery, whose outstanding screenplay for the project won Best Unproduced/Blacklisted Screenplay of 2021. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon both worked on a rewritten draft of the screenplay, making it their last script collaboration after Good Will Hunting (1997) and The Last Duel (2021). Rounding out Air's impressive team are cinematographer Robert Richardson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), editor William Goldenberg (Zero Dark Thirty) and production designer François Audouy (Ford v Ferrari).