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Stars of 'Fantasy Football' Movie Discuss Film | Associated Press

Stars of 'Fantasy Football' Movie Discuss Film | Associated Press

The stars of the upcoming Nickelodeon/Paramount Plus movie Fantasy Football discuss the fun energy of the Atlanta-based video gaming movie and how it appeals to all audiences.

Speaking about the movie, Kelly Rowland recently said: "Right now, I'm filming a movie, 'Fantasy Football,' with Omari Hardwick and big boss Marsai Martin. She's producing this film and doing an incredible job. Anton Cropper is the director of it. Nickelodeon, Paramount have just really created this beautiful space and working environment, and it's just been too much fun. I was like, 'Is it always this fun?' Like, you know what I mean? So, it's been fantastic," said Rowland. "So, films—I must say, film and TV have really kind of intrigued me the most right now."

Atlanta - 4 May 2022 
1. Wideshot of movie production at Mercedes-Benz stadium 
2. Crews fitting Omari Hardwick with camera vest 
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Marsai Martin, actress, producer, plays Callie Coleman: 
"It all came at the perfect time because I've always wanted to do a father daughter film and also just have a beautiful tie in when it comes to family and it being in the fantasy aspect yet being so realistic at the same time, it's just- it's so fun." 
4. Marsai Martin walking across field 
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marsai Martin, actress, producer, plays Callie Coleman: 
"Why should people see Fantasy Football? Because it is heartfelt. It is funny. It is all about football for the NFL fans out there, and I think it's so beautifully original that it makes you super intrigued when you see the title and the people a part of it."
6. Various of Omari Hardwick shooting football scenes 
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Omari Hardwick, Actor, plays Bobby Coleman:
"For me as soon as I saw football, which obviously I understood it to be the backdrop when I read the script or heard about it. I didn't read the script at first. It was really just a meeting with SpringHill and Genius, but then when I saw Fantasy in that element and I thought, 'Oh this could be interesting if we can actually pull it off and suspend disbelief enough to not have people walking away looking at this football movie with all of these fantastical realms and elements to it and not be hokey.'"
8. Crews shooting football scene 
9. Rome Flynn shooting football scene 
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rome Flynn, Actor, plays Anderson Fisher:
"It's a funny scene in the movie where he's going through these different changes and he's trying to hide from me because Marsai's character is controlling him and different hair and different everything, so it's just really funny and so during that whole process it took like three days to film that scene."
11. Production moving across field ++MUTE++
12. Mercedes-Benz stadium sign 
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Rowland, actress, plays Keisha Coleman:
"With Nickelodeon, you know, they were so excited about this project and the fact that they have teamed up with Awesomeness Films, it's Nickelodeon, Awesomeness, SpringHill, and Genius and it's just really incredible how all of these components have come in together to make this just really extraordinary film." 
14. Mercedes-Benz Stadium sign 
Omari Hardwick (Army of the Dead, Pieces of Her), Kelly Rowland (American Soul) and Rome Flynn (How to Get Away with Murder) have joined Marsai Martin (Little) to round out the cast of Fantasy Football, Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films' new live-action movie, set to debut exclusively on Paramount+ later this year. 
NFL Films and EA SPORTS™ have signed on to provide expertise on various aspects related to the film's production. 
In partnership with The SpringHill Company and Genius Entertainment, the film began shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, in May. 
Fantasy Football follows 16-year-old Callie A. Coleman (Martin) who discovers she can control her professional football player dad, Bobby Coleman's (Hardwick) prowess on the field through EA SPORTS Madden NFL. 
Keisha Coleman, Callie's mom, is played by Rowland. 
Anderson Fisher, Bobby's rookie archrival, is played by Emmy® Award-winner Flynn.
Directed by NAACP® Image Award-winner and Emmy® Award-nominee Anton Cropper (Black-ish) and written by Emmy® Award winners Dan Gurewitch & David Young, the film is based on an original screenplay by Richard T. Jones & Jeremy Loethen and Tim Ogletree.

Produced by Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films in partnership with The SpringHill Company and Genius Entertainment, Fantasy Football is slated to debut exclusively on Paramount+ later this year. Click HERE to find out more about the film!

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Originally published: May 12, 2022.

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