Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady may have recently retired holding practically every Quarterback record in NFL history, but he’s not leaving football behind entirely. Brady has signed on to produce and appear in a football-themed road trip comedy that will star Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field.
Titled 80 For Brady, the film will be inspired by the true story of four best friends and New England Patriots fans who take a life-changing trip to Super Bowl LI to see their beloved team play, and the chaos that ensues as they navigate the wilds of the biggest sporting event in the country.
Super Bowl LI was famously the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, which culminated in Brady leading his Patriots on a legendary comeback down 28-3 against the Atlanta Falcons. It was arguably his greatest achievement in a career jam-packed with them, so it’s no surprise he’s looking to cement it on the silver screen as well as on the football field.
The film is in development at Paramount Pictures and Endeavor Content, with Brady producing via his 199 Productions. He’s reportedly been deeply involved with the inception of the project, developing it with Donna Gigliotti of Endeavor, who has previously produced Hidden Figures, Silver Linings Playbook, and Shakespeare In Love.
Kyle Marvin, who previously helmed indie film The Climb, will direct the project. He’ll also co-write the script alongside Michael Corvino, with the duo’s script being based on a draft by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, who are known for co-writing Booksmart.
Paramount found success a few years ago with another light-hearted film starring legendary actresses with Book Club (which also starred Fonda). This could be something similar, while also appealing to football fans.
It would have been easy for Brady to jump into Hollywood and pitch a film based on his life and career, so it’s a little more interesting that he’s choosing a road-trip comedy with four legendary actresses as his first post-football endeavor.
This will be Tomlin’s first on-screen film role since 2015’s Grandma, and Fonda’s first since the aforementioned Book Club in 2018. They’ve been starring together in Netflix comedy-drama Grace & Frankie since 2015.
Moreno was just seen in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story remake, while Field was most recently a main cast member on Jason Segel‘s 2020 series Dispatches From Elsewhere.
Production on 80 For Brady is due to begin in the spring. Whether the existence of the project will prevent fans from speculating that Brady might return for another NFL season remains to be seen.