Amazon finds its Maradona as series casting begins
James R | On 26, Sep 2018
Earlier this year, Amazon ordered a new biopic of footballing legend Maradona. That, of course, begs the question: who could play Maradona on screen? Now, Amazon has officially found the person to do it – or, specifically, the three people to do it.
The series, based on the life of football legend Diego Armando Maradona, will star three different actors as the eponymous player at different points of his life, from early youth through adulthood. Award-winning actors Nazareno Casero (Historia de un Clan), Juan Palomino (Magnifica 70) and Nicolas Goldschmidt (Supermax) have been cast as Maradona at key points of his story, spanning his life early life growing up in Argentina and across his prolific career.
The series has also cast award-winning actor Julieta Cardinali (En Terapia) and Laura Esquivel (Patito Feo) in the role of Claudia Villafañe, whom Maradona married in 1989 and eventually divorced more than a decade later.
Shot on location in Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Italy and Mexico, Maradona is a one-hour biopic series that will follow the triumphs and trials of the legendary football player. It joins Prime Video’s growing slate of Latin American local Prime Original series Diablo Guardian, the recently announced LOL: Last One Laughing starring Eugenio Derbez, and the upcoming Un Extraño Enemigo premiering 2nd October.
Maradona will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2019.
Amazon orders Maradona biopic
18th May 2018
Amazon is stepping up its sporting game with the order for a new biopic of Maradona.
Infamous for his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup semi-final, Diego Armando Maradona is wifey regarded as the best footballer of all time. The docuseries will explore the man behind the champion; chronicling his early life and prolific career.
One of the most revered and controversial football players in the history of the sport, Maradona’s exploits off the field have become as well-known as his career highlights. Produced by BTF Media, in association with Dhana Media and Raze, the international production promises to take audiences from his home country of Argentina to Spain and Italy all the way to his key role in leading his national team to win the ’86 Mexico World Cup.
“There are few players whose notoriety transcends generations and geographic borders – Maradona is a household name around the world, and his career highlights are still discussed today among the biggest moments in soccer’s history,” says Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Prime Video. “We’re excited to bring Prime Video members on this incredible journey.”
“The story will feature an unprecedented look at Maradona, not only as a champion but also as a man. Together with Prime Video, Dhana Media and Raze we are diving deep into the essence of the story and working on all of its aspects to bring it to a global audience,” adds Francisco Cordero, Co-Founder and CEO, BTF Media.