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Directed by Me Before You's Thea Sharrock, the sports drama centres on a team of English homeless footballers, who travel from London to Rome with their coach Mal (Love Actually's Bill Nighy) to compete in a global annual football tournament – The Homeless World Cup.
At the last minute, the group decide to recruit talented striker Vinny (Ward). But before he steps out onto that pitch, the youngster must confront his own hang-ups and move beyond his once-promising past in order to help the team take home the prize.
"In Rome, just as in life, everything's to play for," the official synopsis reads.
Joining Ward, Howells and Nighy onscreen will be Valeria Golino (The Morning Show), Kit Young (Shadow & Bone), Sheyi Cole (Small Axe - Alex Wheatle), Robin Nazari (Snabba Cash), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The End of the F**king World) and Cristina Rodlo (No One Gets Out Alive).
"The Beautiful Game is a film about succeeding against the odds. [It] shows the joy, drama and excitement of this real life tournament and the enormous potential of people left behind by society," producer Graham Broadbent said in a prepared statement.
"We've worked closely with the Homeless World Cup Foundation and our writer Frank [Cottrell-Boyce] has met many players, from whose real-life stories he has created our characters, and we're happy to welcome many former players from the real tournament to be a part of the filming in Rome and London."
"We are incredibly excited to be the focus of the upcoming film The Beautiful Game," Mel Young, President and Founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation, added.
"The Homeless World Cup Foundation uses our annual tournament and the power of football as a method of tackling homelessness throughout the world. We have impacted the lives of over 1.2 million homeless people since 2003.
"The Homeless World Cup is our contribution to tackling the homeless problem across the globe but there is so much more to do. We have proved just how powerful football can be when it is applied to a social problem and we will keep striving to do more.
"We hope that the work we do being told in The Beautiful Game inspires more people to join in and support future Homeless World Cups and together we can all aim to end homelessness forever."
The Beautiful Game is expected to release on Netflix in 2022.
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