Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to play the first rock star of the NFL Joe Namath.? The project is being developed by Universal, but won’t move forward until after the writer’s strike.? No director is attached yet, but the movie, which has secured the approval of the football Hall-of-Famer, will be penned by David Hollander.
The pic will tell the story of how the golden-armed kid from Beaver Falls, Pa., became Broadway Joe, the New York Jets quarterback who became a ’60s cultural figure.
After backing up his guarantee that the Jets would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, Namath put the AFL on equal footing with the NFL, paved the way to a merger and helped establish football as a TV sport. He accomplished all of this on knees so bad that draft board doctors refused to send him to Vietnam for fear that they would give out on the battlefield.
So what do you think?? Think Jakey boy can pull off Joe Namath?? He sure looks the part and this will certainly help him shed the remnants of any lingering Brokeback jokes. ? The best part of this, is that now everytime we mention this movie we have an excuse to show this clip: