11.28.07 11 years ago 19 Comments

As noted by the 18 people who emailed me about it (as well as the outstanding FilmDrunk) manly hunk Jake Gyllenhaal will play Joe Namath in a forthcoming biopic about the legendary Jets quarterback.

Namath OK'd the movie after… the belief that the athletic Gyllenhaal was the right actor to play him.  While other quarterbacks racked up bigger lifetime stats, Namath became the first football player to achieve rock-star status. 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.

Hot Clicks is already trying to cast the role of Suzy Kolber, while a Kissing Suzy Kolber commenter long ago established that Maggie Gyllenhaal is the obvious choice.

As for Jake, he signed on right after they promised he could keep the pantyhose and rabbit fur coat from wardrobe.  And lots of practice under center.  And no stunt double for the dogpile scenes.  Oh man this is too easy.

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