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Ibrahimovic’s Asterix cameo joins pantheon of footballing film stars

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Having gained nearly all there may be to win in soccer it will seem that AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on conquering the film world after touchdown a job within the new “Asterix” film.

Ibrahimovic has a cameo within the new live-action reboot of the favored franchise: “Asterix & Obelix: The Center Kingdom.” The Swede performs a Roman gladiator by the identify of Caius Antivirus and is joined within the forged by heavyweights comparable to Vincent Cassel (who performs Julius Caesar) and Marion Cotillard (Cleopatra.)

The Milan striker proudly revealed the information on social media by posting a teaser trailer of the film which features a temporary glimpse of the 40-year-old appearing in a fiery motion sequence whereas dressed up in full gladiatorial garb.

The film is directed by Guillaume Canet, who additionally performs Asterix, whereas the function of his affable companion Obelix is performed Gilles Lellouche. This marks the primary time within the franchise’s historical past that the live-action Obelix just isn’t performed by veteran French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Right here, we check out the record of different star footballers to make their method to the large display.

Zinedine Zidane

Ibrahimovic is not the primary footballer to make an look in an Asterix film. He follows within the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane, who donned a protracted black wig for his spellbinding cameo in 2008’s “Asterix on the Olympic Video games.”

This film — the second-most costly non-English-language manufacturing of all time when it was made — additionally featured components for fellow sports activities stars Michael Schumacher, Tony Parker and Amelie Mauresmo.

It is arduous to inform how good Zidane’s cameo truly was as a result of the mere sight of him with lengthy hair is mesmerising sufficient.

Eric Cantona

Cantona boasts a greater than ample cinematic portfolio, and even had an eponymous function in British movie “Searching for Eric.”

The previous Leeds United, Manchester United and France star has starred in and directed various French and European artwork home films, in addition to sharing display time with huge names like Cate Blanchett and Sir Richard Attenborough in “Elizabeth.”

The “xXx” motion film franchise returned in 2016 with “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Vin Diesel was again within the title function, however the main man was additionally joined by Paris Saint-German and Brazil ahead Neymar, who managed to land himself a minor however extremely apt cameo by which he seems to play a younger Brazilian man who kicks issues.

David Beckham

Former England captain David Beckham has a reasonably plum cameo in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” with some dialogue within the scene when the sword is drawn from the stone by the titular hero.

Even with a prosthetic nostril and scar make-up, Becks nonetheless smoulders.

And who can overlook the bit-part function in “Aim” for the previous Manchester United, Actual Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder?

Francesco Totti

As a participant, AS Roma and Italy legend Francesco Totti earned all of the plaudits a footballer may dream of, and he can now add “award-winning movie star” to his spectacular resume.

Launched in October of final 12 months, “Mi Chiamo Francesco Totti” (“My Identify is Francesco Totti”) was named greatest documentary on the 2021 Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) movie awards in Italy.

Alex Infascelli’s movie sees Totti reliving his profession highs and lows, whereas staring right into a mirror as he ready to participate in his last recreation earlier than retirement. It charts his earliest years enjoying soccer as a toddler proper the way in which by means of to his tear-jerking farewell on the Stadio Olimpico in 2017.


A 12 months or two in the past, former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho was forged to play “Ronaldo” — a Brazilian martial arts knowledgeable — within the newest film in Jean Claude Van Damme’s “Kickboxer” film franchise.

Ronaldinho was apparently tasked with honing Van Damme’s roundhouse kick method in “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” which additionally counted Mike Tyson and Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson from Sport of Thrones among the many ensemble.

Contemporary from profitable the 2018 World Cup with France, Giroud and Kimpembe have been supplied the prospect to flex their appearing muscle groups in an animated model of Spider-Man.

Giroud used his dulcet tones to voice the Inexperienced Goblin (“Bouffon Vert“) within the French-dubbed model of “Spider-Man: New Era,” whereas Kimpembe crammed the a part of Scorpion, one other villainous foe of our web-slinging hero.


Most likely essentially the most beloved of all events that soccer has been dedicated to celluloid starred most likely the best participant of all time.

Brazil nice Pele was among the many actual professionals — together with Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles — who starred alongside Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone in 1981’s “Escape To Victory,” by which a workforce of Allied Prisoners Of Conflict attempt to escape Nazi generals.

Barcelona and Spain legend Iniesta landed a predominant function in “¡Piratas!“, the Spanish-language model of an animated film by Aardman Studios (of Wallace & Gromit fame) by which the Barcelona legend lent his voice to an albino pirate who has his coronary heart set on profitable the coveted “Pirate of the Yr” award.

Paving the way in which for Giroud and Kimpembe, fellow Les Bleus star Griezmann was chosen to supply the voice of Superman within the French model of the “Lego Batman Film,” as initially voiced by Channing Tatum.

Hardly a memorable basic however Podolski — as soon as of Bayern Munich, Cologne, Arsenal and Inter Milan — loved a short comedian cameo in a German movie referred to as “Macho Man,” which was shot in his residence metropolis of Cologne.

“My scene is within the [Cologne] stadium, and I feel it is actually humorous. Completely suits me,” he gushed upon asserting the function. “And I’m delighted to be on board.”

Vinnie Jones

Most likely the ex-footballer with essentially the most completed appearing CV, with spectacular stints enjoying thuggish goons in motion blockbusters like “Lock, Inventory & Two Smoking Barrels,” “Gone In 60 Seconds,” “Snatch,” “Swordfish,” “Imply Machine,” “X-Males: The Final Stand,” and many others, and many others.

Jones as also called a hard-man of the sport, enjoying for Wimbledon, Leeds, Sheffield United, Chelsea and Wales.

File below: hopelessly typecast however fortunately racking up the paychecks.

Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti pulled a couple of strings to bag a short cameo as a health care provider in “Star Trek Past,” launched in 2016.

The affable Actual Madrid supervisor defined that he obtained the half by means of a pal, who simply so occurred to be the husband of Zoe Saldana, who performs Uhura within the rebooted franchise.

Frank Leboeuf

The previous Chelsea defender’s largest movie credit score thus far is his seminal function as “Swiss physician” within the 2014 Professor Stephen Hawking biopic “The Principle of Every part.”

Since then, the 1998 World Cup winner has racked up a number of different film roles, although it have to be stated that none are fairly as distinguished.

Stan Collymore

Collymore made his appearing debut alongside Sharon Stone within the 2006’s erotic thriller sequel “Primary Intuition II: Danger Dependancy.”

The ex-Liverpool man’s character was killed off earlier than the opening credit, however he nonetheless obtained to stroll the pink carpet on the world premiere.

Ian Wright

Proving that golden period Premier League strikers seemingly present a wealthy seam for casting administrators, Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend Wright performed “Duke” in 2011 British crime thriller basic “Black Gun of the Solar”.

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