Marsai Martin and Omari Harwick play to win in ‘Fantasy Soccer’


The brand new movie “Fantasy Soccer” capitalizes on a few of its stars pure expertise.

Marsai Martin channels a number of girl-boss vitality taking part in Callie Coleman, a tech-savvy younger girl whose father’s lengthy profession within the NFL lands him with the Atlanta Falcons workforce.

Her manufacturing firm is behind the family-friendly movie. (Martin, 18, set a Guinness World Record in 2020 because the youngest Hollywood government producer to work on a significant manufacturing.)

She and costars Omari Hardwick (Bobby Coleman), Rome Flynn (Anderson Fisher), together with the movie’s director Anton Cropper, lately spoke with CNN once they appeared at a Falcons recreation held at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

It was acquainted environment because the group shot loads of scenes for his or her film there.

The plot facilities round Callie’s father, performed by Hardwick, seemingly on the finish of his profession when his daughter discovers she will management his strikes through taking part in the Madden soccer online game.

Marsai Martin as Callie Coleman and Omari Hardwick as Bobby Coleman in

Martin sees the position during which her character additionally makes mates with the robotics membership workforce members at her new faculty as extra than simply enjoyable with its optimistic message about range in expertise.

“I’ve met so many ladies who’re in to expertise and STEM (science, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic) or are all about Black ladies coding,” she mentioned. “It’s essential to shine a light-weight on it as a result of it’s a really large deal. It’s all about illustration.”

For Hardwick, the venture gave him the chance to lean into his soccer roots.

Earlier than he turned well-known for his work in roles like James “Ghost” St. Patrick on “Energy,” the Savannah, Georgia native performed as a defensive again on the College of Georgia and later tried out with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent.

“It feels unbelievable to be proper again right here at dwelling,” Hardwick mentioned. “That is clearly my hometown workforce…however I by no means acquired to play for the Falcons. With this movie, I acquired to do my factor.”

Hardwick additionally identified that it was applicable that they had been attending a recreation during which the Atlanta Falcons had been taking part in the Chicago Bears on condition that Rome Flynn, who performs Bobby Coleman’s rival, the hotshot younger quarterback Anderson Fisher, grew up in Chicago.

Flynn instructed CNN that in contrast to their characters, he and Hardwick had no competitors between them as main males.

“It’s all love,” he mentioned smiling. “We respect one another and we introduced out the most effective in one another.”

“Fantasy Soccer” debuts Friday on Paramount+.

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