Hope Solo – Movie Biopic on the American Soccer Star & Activist
Argent Pictures is producing a movie biopic about the life of U.S. Soccer star, Hope Solo.
Many people said the life story of former U.S. National Team’s Hope Solo was straight out of the movies. Soon, they will be right. The life of the soccer star and equality activist Hope Solo is being made into a movie.
The film will be produced by Argent Pictures, the film production and financing outfit run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo who optioned the life story rights of the two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion.
The film will be written and directed by Christine Crokos (PIMP). Executive Producers are Argent partners Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley, and Derrick Brooks.
“Hope Solo is a force of nature who broke down walls in women’s sports, both as a player and as a humanitarian,” said Crokos.
Hope Solo’s story showcases the inspiring rise of a true American all-star athlete who started in humble beginnings and became a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a World Cup champion and is regarded as one of the top female soccer goalkeepers in the world.
From the beginning, Hope was a true competitor.
Hope led her high school team to win multiple titles and a state championship and then becoming the best women’s goalkeeper in Pac-10 history for the University of Washington.
After graduating, she continued to play professionally as a goalkeeper in the U.S. and European leagues and for the U.S. at the World Cup in 2007, 2011, and 2015 and Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Although the U.S. lost in the quarterfinals of the 2007 and the finals of the 2011 World Cup she helped the US team rebound from both losses and win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and in 2015 she helped the U.S. team win the Women’s World Cup Championship.
As a vocal advocate for equal pay and women’s rights in soccer, she shouldered the brunt of pushback while playing professionally. It is Solo’s mission now to fight for women’s rights and gender equality.
“We are very excited to be working to bring Hope’s life story to the big screen with Christine at the helm,” said Producer Ben Renzo. “Hope is an amazing athlete, with an intense competitive spirit who has achieved some of the highest accomplishments in women’s soccer as a professional goalkeeper. Her journey to becoming an elite athlete and one of the best soccer players in her position is incredibly motivating, and that’s what makes this story special to us. We want to make movies that entertain and inspire – and Hope’s story encompasses those themes.”
“Her story is one of pure trailblazing and fierce athleticism – one that many generations to come will honor and look up to,” added Crokos.
We all remember Hope’s infamous family issues that made prime time TV look boring with the never-ending news cycle on her domestic violence charges which were dropped by prosecutors long before daytime TV let go of the story. Will this make it into the movie’s storyline? We will have to wait to find out.
Hope also made headlines with her concerns over the condition of the artificial turf in Hawaii prior to a U.S. Women’s Team match. Hope’s social media post on Twitter brought worldwide attention to the disparity between the fields the U.S. Men’ National Team played on and the women. U.S. Soccer canceled the USWNT’s match.
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) December 6, 2015
The Argent team has been involved with acclaimed studio and independent films including AMERICAN MADE starring Tom Cruise (Universal); Nate Parker’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Fox Searchlight); Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE (Lionsgate); the Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary CHASING CORAL (Netflix); the most recent Netflix global hit AMATEUR; the directorial debut of Sundance Institute alum Tayarisha Poe SELAH AND THE SPADES; and the boxing documentary THEY FIGHT from director Andrew Renzi, which Argent produced with Common and his team.
Recently announced Argent projects include CHALLENGER starring Michelle Williams as astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe and centered around the ill-fated 1986 space shuttle mission that ended in shocking tragedy; SOULMATES, the female buddy comedy from co-writers Stephanie Lynn and Alexandra Case; KUNG FURY 2, the feature-length sequel to the massively-popular short KUNG FURY by David Sandberg; and a new movie based on the popular children’s novel, Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts.
Images: Hope Solo, Argent