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American Underdog: Erwin Brothers Talk Casting Zachary Levi As Kurt Warner (EXCLUSIVE)

American Underdog: Erwin Brothers Talk Casting Zachary Levi As Kurt Warner

If you’re looking for an inspiring story or if you’re an American Football fan, I would highly suggest you discover or rediscover the story of Kurt Warner in American Underdog, an Erwin Brothers movie, starring Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, and Dennis Quaid, out everywhere on Christmas Day.

The film tells the real-life story of two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback, Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi). From meeting the love of his life, Brenda (Anna Paquin), to pursue his dreams of becoming an NFL player and through the difficulties, he had to face to attain his ultimate goal. American Underdog is an uplifting story about persevering and fighting for our dreams. 

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Zachary Levi does not only have the perfect build to portray Kurt Warner, but he also has the right balance between vulnerability and strength, and Anna Paquin is a true force in the role of Brenda Warner.

Andrew Erwin declared that casting Zachary Levi as Kurt Warner was a big surprise to him. “It just happened,” said Andrew Erwin. 

“Zac Levi and I have been friends for about ten years, and we were talking one day on a FaceTime call when we were casting this. And he says, ’What’s that Kurt Warner movie I keep hearing my name mentioned in?’ And I said, ’ Well, you look just like him, but I wasn’t even gonna pitch you Zac, because I know you’re booked for Shazam 2 and you’re booked for the next three years.'”   

Zachary Levi insisted to read the script anyway, and called Andrew Erwin as soon as he finished it: 

“Oh my gosh (…) I’m in! I wanna do it, let’s make a football movie!” 

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Written by Maëlle Beauget-Uhl

Reporter and news writer with an educational background in broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy and a professional background in entertainment reporting and news writing.