IFC Films has bought North American rights to the soccer biopic 'Pelé: Birth of a Legend' for release next year.
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Reuters, Variety

11 Sep 2015 - 12:08 PM  UPDATED 11 Sep 2015 - 12:10 PM

Pelé: Birth of a Legend follows the early career of Pelé (born Edson Arantes do Nascimento) from his impoverished childhood in a Brazilian favela to his rise to glory at the age of 17. He led Brazil to its first ever World Cup win in 1958.

"The two young actors who play my younger self will be true stars, as their skills both on screen and on the football pitch proved." 

The film was shot entirely on location in Brazil, with Leonardo Carvalho and Kevin de Paula playing the rising star at the age of 9 and 17, respectively. "The two young actors who play my younger self will be true stars, as their skills both on screen and on the football pitch proved," Pelé said.

The film, written and directed by Michael and Jeffrey Zimbalist, was produced by Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures.

Pelé is one of the executive producers on the film. 

The cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge, Mexican actor Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Rodrigo Santoro.

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