LIONHEART

LOGLINE

In a world where fake news, media narratives and social media marketing can decide who are the heroes or the villains, a viral video triggers the improbable return of a retired small-time soccer player into the spotlight as part of a publicity stunt.

 

While managing a social project to keep young men away from drugs and gangs, the underdog protagonist strives to go the distance.

 

“'LIONHEART' is the inspiring story of a true people’s champion on a redemption path

against all odds."

 
 

the concept

CREATING FICTIONAL HEROES TO FOSTER REAL LEGENDS"

What 'TOP GUN' represented to the Navy, causing an exponential growth in recruiting, 'LIONHEART' represents to soccer in AMERICA. The film was designed with meticulous plot and line edits aimed at casting the MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, its TEAMS and their ACADEMIES in the most positive light and it is a unique chance to showcase their values, culture and SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT POWER.

WHY A SOCCER UNDERDOG

SPORTS DRAMA FILM?

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3.5 BILLION SOCCER FANS: Most Popular Sport in the World

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Domestic and International DEMOGRAPHIC APPEAL, with many possibilities for SOCCER STAR ROLES AND  CAMEOS

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PROMOTE

MLS EXPANSION

and CONSOLIDATE SOCCER GROWING POPULARITY

in AMERICA

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ORIGINAL STORY and CONTEMPORARY TOPICS (Immigration, minorities, social media , fake news, viral videos, family values, rags to riches

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INSPIRING THEME

and

FAMILY FRIENDLY CONTENT

across

ALL PLATFORMS

 

CHARACTERS AND CAST

BISHOP SIDNEY SAYERS

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A mentor figure, tough & tender personality.

Far from any “cliche” character, he was born from a wealthy family but chose to live his life serving other people. Pastor Sayers is an imposing figure, resembling a taller version of Martin Luther King Jr., impeccably dressed and firm in his speech.

Written with Denzel Washington in mind, the role requires an imposing charismatic presence, physically, intelectually and with an unmistakle voice.

Options can also be James Earl Jones or J.K. Simmons.

CHARACTERS AND CAST

THOMAS "LIONHEART" ROMANO

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A retired small-time soccer player, Romano had his career prematurely ended when he tragically killed his own brother in a soccer related accident.

Tormented by guilt and the unfair negative media coverage, he self-exiled in the US, where he coaches inner city kids in his Robin-Hood-like social project.

His past surfaces when a video of his super kick breaks the speed world record and goes viral.

This role was written with athlete-turned-actor Daniel Bertorelli in mind.

CHARACTERS AND CAST

 
 

KARL WOLFGANG KAISER 

aka "THE WOLF"

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A flamboyant, pompous, arrogant yet funny, worldwide famous European soccer star, recently hired to play at the MLS. He has ice in his veins when he is playing or marketing himself, and fire in his mouth when he speaks.

The media hype of his coming to America is not as big as he expected, so he comes up with a plan: use Romano's viral video to grab people's attention, and steal the show with his talent on the soccer field. 

Written with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in mind, 'The Wolf' is a character somehow we also root for. He is the antagonist without being a villain. 

 

SYNOPSIS