American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (2021)
American Underdog (film)
American Underdog is an upcoming American biographical sports drama film about National Football League (NFL) quarterback Kurt Warner. Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, the film follows Warner's journey as an undrafted player who ascended to winning Super Bowl XXXIV. It stars Zachary Levi as Warner alongside Anna Paquin as his wife Brenda and Dennis Quaid as St. Louis Rams head coach Dick Vermeil.
The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2021, by Lionsgate.
American Underdog chronicles the true story of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to become a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, and Hall of Fame quarterback.
- Zachary Levi as Kurt Warner
- Anna Paquin as Brenda Warner
- Dennis Quaid as Dick Vermeil
- Chance Kelly as Mike Martz
- Cindy Hogan as Sue Warner
- Ser'Darius Blain as Mike Hudnutt
- Adam Baldwin as Terry Allen
- Bruce McGill as Jim Foster
- Danny Vinson as Larry
- Hayden Zaller as Zack Warner
- Cora Kate Wilkerson as Jesse Jo Warner
- Nic Harris as Ray Lewis
- Beau Hart as Young Kurt Warner
A biopic about Kurt Warner was announced in February 2020, when Andrew and Jon Erwin were hired to direct the film, under the title American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. In September 2020, it was announced Zachary Levi would star as Warner. In January 2021, Anna Paquin and Dennis Quaid were among the additional cast added to the film.
Filming began on January 25, 2021, and concluded on March 6. Shooting occurred in Atlanta and Oklahoma City. The film's title was later shortened to American Underdog, with the release of the film's marketing and the announcement of the Christmas release date.
It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2021. It was previously scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020, but was delayed to a previous December 10, 2021 date, due to the delayed filming schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic.