English football player Jamie Vardy, who had a remarkable rise on the football scene in the last year, is currently in talks with Hollywood filmmakers over a potential film adaptation of his career.
The Leicester City striker played a key role in his team’s surprise success last season, when they won the much-coveted Premier League title, with a 10 point advantage over second-placed Arsenal.
Vardy finished the season as top goalscorer, with 24 goals in 36 league appearances, and broke a record along the day, having scored in eleven consecutive Premier League matches.
He has declared in interviews that these recent developments in his career have had a noticeable impact on his life, as he isn’t able to leave his house without being recognized by fans on the street anymore.
“I basically can’t go out at the minute and I don’t leave my house,” he is quoted as saying. “I’m still pinching myself all the time at how the last few years have gone.”
Although the 29-year-old England international insists the main focus of the biopic is on Leicester, it will apparently dwell on Vardy’s rags-to-riches remarkable ascent from non-league footballer to Premier League champion.
Reports say screenwriters Paul Tamsay and Eric Johnson have agreed to pen the script for the movie, while Adrian Butchart, who is known for his work on the Goal! series of football-related films, will produce it. Additionally, rumors say Louis Tomlinson of One Direction will play Vardy in the biopic, though some say Christian Bale would be a better choice for the lead role.
For those who don’t know, Vardy began his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007 and then joined F.C. Halifax Town in 2010. He had outstanding results from the very beginning of his career, scoring no less than 26 goals in his debut season. In May 2012, Vardy signed with Leicester City and contributed to the team’s Championship title triumph in 2014.
In June this year, the footballer refused a £22 million offer from Arsenal, instead choosing to stay with Leicester on a new £100,000-a-week contract.