When the world is spinning at full speed, it’s comforting to find some constants, like old pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck happily working together.
The couple were seen strolling around the set in sunny Los Angeles yesterday as they filmed their as-yet-untitled film about Nike’s quest to sign Michael Jordan’s footwear contract that would spawn the Air Jordan empire, sparking a stir Sneaker culture as we know it. Affleck and Damon, who co-wrote the script (and originally directed), star respectively as Nike co-founder Phil Knight and ex-Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, who set their sights on the ’80s Jordan’s sneaker salesman. Damon was pictured playing Vaccaro, clearly in that era’s polo shirt and BP machine clip.
The project is their third script collaboration since 1997’s Oscar-winning “The Good Man” and 2021’s “The Last Duel,” and marks the first time Ben has directed his old pal.
According to Variety, there are also many big names starring alongside them. Jason Bateman co-stars as Rob Strasser, a longtime Nike executive who oversees Jordan’s marketing, with Chris Tucker as junior Executive and former University of Maryland basketball player Howard White. On the MJ team, Viola Davis plays Michael Jordan’s mother Dolores, Chris Messina plays his original agent David Falk, and Marlon Wayans plays the legendary basketball coach George Lavelin, a mutual friend of Jordan and Vaccaro, helped push the trade forward.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Jordan himself plays a “mythical figure” in the film and won’t be on screen.