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Monday 20 April 2015

Walters to tackle Cunningham role?

Ashley Walters could play footballer Laurie Cunningham in a new film
Ashley Walters could play footballer Laurie Cunningham in a new film

Ashley Walters is in talks to play late British footballer Laurie Cunningham in a biopic.

The Top Boy star is being lined up to portray the first black footballer to play for England in the upcoming movie about the legend's life, reported The Sun.

Producers for the film are also said to be considering The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie for the role.

James Corden, who lectured the England squad as his Gavin And Stacey character Smithy in a Comic Relief sketch, is rumoured to be playing coach Ron Atkinson.

Lead producer Leo Pearlman said: "We have spoken to Ashley Walters about the project and we have also been contacted by Anthony Mackie. Those are the two that we've been speaking to about playing Laurie and we will be making a decision further down the line.

"We have James Corden as our headline act and other roles are up for grabs," he added.

The big-screen drama follows an ITV documentary, First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story, which is about the footballer's rise to fame before he was killed in a car crash, aged 33. It will be shown tonight to celebrate the anniversary of his birthday on March 8.

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