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Blog - The Toe Poke

New FIFA movie looks.... awful

Gerard Depardieu and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter were all smiles at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gerard Depardieu and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter were all smiles at the Cannes Film Festival.
...and by "exciting", of course we mean "a total waste of perfectly good celluloid".

"United Passions", the FIFA-back movie about the inception and formation of FIFA, first came to our attention when it was announced back in March of last year that Gerard Depardieu had been cast as Jules Rimet despite sharing no remotely similar physical attributes with the former FIFA president, as well as being twice his size.

Joining Depardieu are Tim Roth as the young Sepp Blatter and Jurassic Park star Sam Neill as Blatter's predecessor, Joao Havelange.

As debuted as the Cannes Film Festival, here is the official trailer.

For the record, according to The Guardian, "United Passions" reportedly cost 19 million pounds to make, with FIFA themselves stumping up around 16 million pounds of the budget, so to say that football's organising body have had a vested interest in the project is somewhat of a yawning great understatement.

Indeed, Blatter himself even tweaked some aspects of the script, which is perhaps why the film bills the incumbent FIFA president and his associates as "a group of passionate European mavericks" rather than the four-letter expletives by which they're usually referred.