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Finally! The FIFA movie 'United Passions' debuts at Cannes

Tim Roth plays Sepp Blatter, Sam Neill is Joao Havelange with Gerard Depardieu as Jules Rimet.

Image: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

LET’S BE HONEST. We’ve always wondered who’d play the key roles should Hollywood ever turn FIFA’s story into a Hollywood movie.

We’ve finally got our answer and it’s the best/worst thing we’ve seen in a while.

United Passions, which received its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, focuses on the foundation of football’s governing body and charts its development through the decades.

It’s billed as a story about “a group of passionate European mavericks” joining forces on an ambitious project. Ahem…

Source: United Passions/YouTube

Gerard Depardieu plays Jules Rimet, Sam Neill takes on the role of Joao Havelange while Tim Roth is Sepp Blatter.

Going by the trailer, history has been slightly re-written. Unsurprisingly, Blatter is portrayed as the guy FIFA turned to in an hour of need, a man “apparently good at finding money” who made the Adidas Tango ball a star, or something.

But why no mention of all those kickbacks Havelange took from ISL?

Costing a reported £19m to make, it’s alleged that FIFA put £16m towards it and that Blatter was very involved in the production.

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