James Graham Talks Gary Lineker, David Seaman, BBC


James Graham‘s double-OIivier Award successful play Dear England is hitting TV screens and the prolific creator is considering whether or not any former soccer gamers might make the minimize.

Speaking to Deadline outdoors final evening’s prestigious London theater awards, Graham floated the likes of Match of the Day host Gary Lineker and former England goalkeeper David Seaman as potentials, though no approaches have been made. Watch the complete clip beneath.

“It’s a drama first and foremost so of course we need good actors but [the question of having real soccer players in it is] a good question,” mentioned Graham. “Do we get the real Gary Lineker? Do we get the real David Seaman? It’s a good question as [the show] should have that sense of fun and playfulness as well.”

Earlier this 12 months, Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright featured in Daniel Kaluuya’s Netflix directorial debut The Kitchen, whereas footballers comparable to Vinnie Jones and Eric Cantona have turned their arms to performing on the conclusions of their careers.

Starring Joseph Fiennes, Dear England, which kicked off on the National, gained two Oliviers final evening, for supporting actor Will Close, who portrayed England captain Harry Kane, and for finest new play.

Dear England follows the England males’s soccer workforce below supervisor Gareth Southgate within the run-up to, and aftermath of, three tournaments: the workforce’s surprising run to the semifinals on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, its disappointing defeat within the 2020 European Championship ultimate at Wembley Stadium and its quarter-final exit from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Dear England on the BBC will even star Fiennes and was introduced on a bumper BBC slate in February. The size of the BBC model will rely upon the success of England’s marketing campaign at this summer time’s Euros, joked Graham, who additionally mentioned he’d love the play to go on tour.


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