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



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

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

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

She and costars Omari Hardwick (Bobby Coleman), Rome Flynn (Anderson Fisher), together with the movie’s director Anton Cropper, not too long ago 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 be able to management his strikes through taking part in the Madden soccer online game.

Martin sees the function by which her character additionally makes pals with the robotics membership crew members at her new faculty as extra than simply enjoyable with its constructive message about variety in expertise.

“I’ve met so many girls who are in to technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or are all about Black girls coding,” she stated. “It’s important to shine a light on it because it’s a very big deal. It’s all about representation.”

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

Earlier than he grew to become well-known for his work in roles like James “Ghost” St. Patrick on “Power,” 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 incredible to be right back here at home,” Hardwick stated. “This is obviously my hometown team…but I never got to play for the Falcons. With this film, I got to do my thing.”

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

Flynn instructed CNN that not like their characters, he and Hardwick had no competitors between them as main males.

“It’s all love,” he stated smiling. “We respect each other and we brought out the best in each other.”

“Fantasy Football” debuts Friday on Paramount+.