Athletes Who Produced Movies In 2022

What athletes are producing movies in 2022? In recent years, it's become commonplace for star athletes to foray into the entertainment sphere to pursue passions for music, animation, art, podcasting, and of course movies, often looking for exciting business opportunities for their multiple millions. With so many great new sports movies in recent years like Space Jam: A New Legacy and the Oscar-winning King Richard, film studios are putting together lucrative business models for athletes to become producers of sports movies. So, what athletes are producing movies in 2022? Which athletes are making movies you'll love?

In 2022, Shaquille O'Neal and Steph Curry added some more hardware to their incredibly decorated trophy rooms by winning Oscars for their roles producing the The Queen of Basketball documentary. Speaking of dynamic duos, LeBron James is teaming up with Adam Sandler for the Netflix comedy Hustle. Meanwhile, Tom Brady will play himself alongside Jane Fonda in 80 For Brady, which goes into production this Spring.

Find out all the sports stars producing movies in 2022. Then, check back throughout the year as more sports movies are released.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
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    Based on the true story of three young Nigerian-Greek brothers, who emigrate to the United States and rise to fame and success within the National Basketball Association, “Rise” is the true story of 2x NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's journey to stardom. Through faith, determination, and their unbreakable bond, the Antetokounmpo family unites to lift themselves out of a life of poverty as undocumented immigrants living in Greece. 

    Giannis serves as Executive Producer on the project due out in June 2022 from Walt Disney Pictures. It will debut on Disney+.

  • LeBron James
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    NBA superstar LeBron James has teamed up with comedian Adam Sandler for a big screen venture. "Hustle," scheduled to be released on June 10, 2022, by Netflix, is about a former basketball scout who tries to revive his career by recruiting a player with a checkered past from overseas to play in the NBA. NBA players Anthony Edwards, Trae Young, Jordan Clarkson, Khris Middleton, Aaron Gordon, Kyle Lowry, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Boban Marjanović are expected to make cameos.

  • Shaquille O'Neal & Stephen Curry
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    NBA Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal has done just about everything imaginable on this planet, including now winning an Oscar.  "The Queen of Basketball" -- made with a pair of basketball legends in Shaquille O'Neal and Stephen Curry among the executive producers and top promoters of the 22-minute film -- won the Oscar for short subject documentary at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. 

    Lusia "Lucy" Harris Stewart is a pioneer in women's basketball, leading a rural Mississippi college to three national titles, scoring the first basket in women's Olympic history in 1976, being the first and only woman to be drafted into the NBA.

    The Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry, wore sneakers in March 2022 emblazoned with the phrase "Queen Lucy" on them to show his respect and admiration for Stewart, via his involvement in the film.

  • Tom Brady
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    Tom Brady plans to play himself in new movie he's also producing in 2022. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will act in "80 for Brady," a football-themed road trip movie set to begin production this spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Hollywood icons Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field will star. Kyle Marvin, who also co-wrote the script with Michael Covino, will direct. Brady will produce via his 199 Productions with help from Paramount Pictures and Endeavor Content.

  • Ian Thorpe
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    "Streamline" is a 2021 Australian sports drama film written and directed by Tyson Wade Johnston.  The story follows a fifteen-year old swimming prodigy Benjamin Lane (Levi Miller) who faces problems after his father (Jason Isaacs) returns from jail. 

    To build the character, actor Levi Miller consulted with Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe, who received a producer's credit on the film which was released in Australia in fall 2021 but got its American release in February 2022.

  • Patrick Patterson
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    NBA forward Patrick Patterson has partnered with producer Joel Reilly to launch prod. company Undisputed Pictures, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of film, TV, media and entertainment projects, including the new feature, "Dock."

    The film will tell the story of Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, an outspoken player for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1970s, who led the team to a World Series championship in ’71. Ellis was a fierce advocate for Black players’ rights who famously claimed to have pitched a no-hitter while on LSD. Pic will examine issues of mental health and drug addiction, as it follows Dock’s journey to overcome his demons. His life was also the subject of the 2014 documentary film No No: A Dockumentary. 

    Joey Poach (The Polka King) penned the script for the sports drama, which is currently in development.  Ice Cube is also on board as an executive producer.