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Gary Lineker holds talks over role in Leicester City movie

Gary Lineker has held talks over making a big screen appearance in the upcoming Leicester City movie which also aims to use some Foxes players too.

The film’s producers and England legend turned TV presenter have discussed Lineker playing himself in the story of Leicester’s shock 2016 Premier League triumph.

Leicester born and bred Lineker,60, famously vowed to broadcast Match of the Day in his pants if his hometown team won the top-flight from odds of 5,000-1.

He duly fulfilled his promise in a pair of white boxer shorts with a Leicester crest on them after Claudio Ranieri’s side’s incredible triumph.

Now Lineker may be set to feature prominently in the forthcoming movie alongside some of Leicester’s title-winning heroes.

TV pundit Jamie Redknapp has also been discussed to potentially act as a technical advisor to the film.

Gary Lineker presents Match of The Day in his underwear on the opening MOTD programme of the 2016/2017 season after Leicester City won the Premier league

It is being produced by Goal screenwriter Adrian Butchart with the Oscar-winning producers of The King’s Speech Gareth-Ellis Unwin and Simon Egan, plus Oscar nominated duo Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who wrote The Fighter.

Producer Egan commented: “We think Gary is fantastic and integral to Leicester and very important to the club and the city.

“We are looking at people to play themselves in the film where possible but we won’t be confirming any specific roles at this stage.”

The film will tell the story of Leicester City’s incredible journey from relegation material to Premier League champions.

This season the team added another chapter to their fairytale by lifting the FA Cup under latest boss Brendan Rodgers.

It left Lineker in tears in the BBC Wembley studio as Leicester had lost their previous four finals – the last of which was 52 years ago.

Leicester paraded the FA Cup after the final whistle on the last day of the Premier League amid memorable scenes at the King Power Stadium with fans back which has increased the resolve of Butchart and colleagues to complete the film.

Lineker previously featured in Bend It Like Beckham and has starred in adverts for Walkers crisps.

Adrian Butchart with Jamie Vardy, Rebecca Nicholson and agent John Morris
Adrian Butchart , left, is stepping up his plans for the Leicester City movie with the support of colleagues

In 2018 Goal was voted the greatest football film of all time.

It made more than £23million at the box office and featured cameos from big names including Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham.

Butchart, who lives in Hollywood and makes movies with his company Knightsbridge Films, previously confirmed considering Andrew Garfield, Zac Effron and Robert Pattinson to play Foxes’ top scorer Jamie Vardy with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson also touted for the role.

Leicester boss Rodgers has endorsed the idea, saying of Vardy: “His story is so unique. It is definitely a movie later in life isn’t it.”




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