Sunday, October 26, 2008

Goal! 3

Goal! 3 is a forecoming film directed by Jonathan Smith, produced by Mike Jefferies and Matt Barrelle and written by Mike Jefferies and Piers Ashworth. It is the third installment of the footballing trilogy Goal! that also stars Alessandro Nivola and Anna Friel.

The Plot

Santiago Munez is called up for Mexico in the 2006 World Cup


* Goal! III is a Milkshake production for Disney Studios.

* An all new production team, director and writer for Goal! III bring fresh ideas, more stars and a wider ranging international story line centred upon the national teams, dramas and behind the scenes events at the FIFA World Cup 2006.

The film features some of the players from the Mexico and England squads. Filming has taken place in the studio and at various locations in Nottingham, Leicester and Lincolnshire, and new dramatic footage is blended with original film from the German FIFA World Cup tournament shot in 2006. Kuno Becker remains featured within the film plot, however his relationship status is still affecting his game resulting in him being dropped out in the final. He is substituted in the second half of extra time as he then goes on to score the winner against France two minutes before time to give Mexico their second world cup win. Viggo Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings, A History of violence) has always wanted to appear in a sports feature. due to his love for football he had to compete with the likes of Jon Voight and Antonio Banderas for the role of the Mexican head coach. He initially lost the role to Sanli Valdez who later deserted the role to pursue for the G.I Joe movie due in 2009. This was then forwarded to Virgo Mortensen as the rest of the candidates had already dropped out of the race. The world cup final was initially filmed in Stade de Soleil in France instead of the Berlin Stadium in Germany. this was due to the high taxes and surplus production fees to rent the stadium. An estimated 60% of the actors on pitch action scenes were shot against blue or green screen and are cleverly blended with real footage of the world cup.

Some Nottingham University students were used as extras during filming at the Nottingham City stadium and the club's training camp and the Walker Stadium in Leicester doubles as a World Cup venue in several scenes.

The movie was originally planned for release in the Spring/Summer of 2008 but is currently slated for release on March 10th 2009.


* Kuno Becker as Santiago Munez
* JJ Feild as Liam Adams
* Leo Gregory as Charlie Braithwaite
* Kasia Smutniak as Sophia Rossi
* Nick Moran as Nick Ashworth
* Viggo Mortensen
* David Beckham
* Alessandro Nivola
* Anna Friel as Roz Harmison
* Lucas Barield
* Stephen Dillane
* David Beckham (cameo part)
* Sven-Goran Eriksson (Original 2006 footage)
* Derek Williams (as Sven-Goran Eriksson)

Kuno Becker with Mexico Football Jersey.
This is the official image for Goal!3

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