Ray Romano is taking up the function of iconic basketball coach and broadcaster Jim “Jimmy V” Valvano in a brand new movie starring and produced by the Emmy-winning actor, Deadline stories. The brand new movie, which has but to launch a title, will cowl all the pieces from Valvano’s teaching ascent to the 1983 NCAA Championship with the North Carolina State Wolfpack to his unwavering optimism within the face of a devastating most cancers analysis earlier than his demise in 1993.
Valvano’s well-known “by no means quit” speech on the 1993 Espy awards not solely made historical past as one of many award present’s largest moments, it additionally helped encourage a whole motion combating towards the illness and helped launch the V Basis for Most cancers Analysis, which has raised greater than $300 million as one of many largest most cancers analysis supporters within the U.S.
Helping within the manufacturing of the film is Valvano’s household, which can present key sources all through filming. “We could not be extra excited to lastly inform my father’s story within the type of a function movie, particularly with Ray Romano and game1 as companions,” stated Jamie Valvano, Jim and Pam Valvano’s center daughter. “We had a front-row seat to one of many best tales of all time, and we’re thrilled to share it with your complete world as effectively.”
“Jim Valvano has at all times been an inspiration to me,” added Romano in a press release. “I am trying ahead to working with the workforce at game1 in addition to the Valvano Household to convey Jim’s unimaginable story and legacy to the display.” Mentioned game1 co-CEO Basil Iwanyk in a separate assertion, “Jimmy V was not solely one of many nice faculty basketball coaches of this era, however one of the vital inspirational and impactful figures on the planet when it comes to his efforts to eradicate most cancers. Ray is the proper option to not solely assist produce this movie, however to play Jimmy V.” The movie’s script might be written by Jim Strouse (Grace Is Gone, The Successful Season), and Romano will produce with game1’s Iwanyk, Greg Economou and Mark Ciardi (The Rookie).