Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, who worked in Hollywood alongside Stephen Curry, landed this huge role in a Michael Jordan movie

NBA superstar Stephen Curry and Hollywood star Viola Davis previously worked together on a documentary titled Immanuel as executive producers. The 2019 documentary focuses on the Charleston church shooting that killed nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in an act of terror. It is a critically acclaimed documentary. Now, according to reports, Viola Davis has landed a huge role in a Michael Jordan movie.

Davis will play the role of Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan. And Davis’ real-life husband, Tennon, will play Jordan’s father, James. The unnamed film is a Ben Affleck Nike biopic. Deloris played a huge role in Jordan’s decision to sign with Nike as she insisted he listen to their offer.

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Apparently, Matt Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, who created Nike from the ground up. He also secured the seemingly impossible partnership with Jordan. Affleck plays Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Jason Bateman will play Rob Strasser, who was instrumental in getting Jordan the deal.

The successful partnership of Michael Jordan and Nike

In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a contract with Nike rather than a legacy deal. At a time when Adidas and Converse ruled the NBA, it was a gamble of both parties. The five-year deal gave Michael Jordan $500,000 a year. Nike also promised Jordan his own signature line. MJ won Rookie of the Year and sold sneakers worth $126 million.

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Fast forward to 2022, the Jordan brand just crossed $5 billion in annual revenue for the first time, according to reports. Thanks to this, MJ earned more than 150 million dollars last year. That would be double his earnings in his overall NBA career.

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But there have been bumps along the way in the relationship between Nike and Jordan. Nike’s first release of Jordans faced controversy when the shoes were banned for failing to meet design standards.

When Nike was struggling, they had to lay off employees and their stock dropped by 50%. So they decided to shake things up and held a 24-hour design contest. Surprisingly, the winner was Tinker Hatfield, who was an architect. Two years later, Hatfield designed the iconic Nike Air Max 1.

Then in 1987, former Nike employees tried to sign Jordan to their new brand. MJ had a chat with them and was ready to sign. But Hatfield unveiled the Air Jordan III with the iconic Jumpman logo.

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It also featured clothing designs centered around the logo. MJ was impressed with the idea of ​​creating his own brand and extended his contract with Nike. And the rest is history.

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