Robert De Niro has signed on to portray football legend Vince Lombardi in an upcoming biopic being developed by ESPN, the NFL and Andell Entertainment, reports the AP. The aptly-titled Lombardi will tell the story of the Hall of Fame coach’s successful three-year transformation of the Green Bay Packers, leading them to win the NFL championship in 1961.
De Niro will also have a hand behind the scenes, with his company Tribeca Productions signing on as producers. Eric Roth (Forest Gump) will write the movie’s screenplay.
If all goes according to plan, Lombardi will be released just before the 2012 Super Bowl.