The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro provides the set for the filming of "Pele," a U.S. production in English of the life story of the Brazilian soccer legend, from early childhood to the masterful way he led his team to victory in the 1958 World Cup.
For me Pele is not just a soccer player. He's a model of behavior
- Ivan Orlic
The film, meant not just for Brazil but for the world, will begin with Pele's infancy and youth, and is being created by a standout team that includes actors Vincent Donofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Seu Jorge, director Michael Zimbalist told Efe.
"For me Pele is not just a soccer player. He's a model of behavior," the film's producer, Ivan Orlic, said, adding that "his life has inspired so many and now he'll be back to inspire a new generation."
The film is being shot, among other settings, in the stadium of the Brazilian soccer club America, where the moviemakers have meticulously reproduced the Swedish stadium where the Brazilian team led by Pele won their country's first World Cup.