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Actor Aaron Eckhart will play legendary Darrell Royal

Posted May 6th, 2014

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Two-Face as the legendary Darrell Royal?

The production company making a film about former Texas football player Freddie Steinmark announced on Tuesday that Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play the iconic Longhorns coach in the upcoming movie, My All American.

Eckhart is a Golden Globe nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner. He’s played in numerous movies over the years, including Olympus Has Fallen and the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking. Eckhart was part of the box-office smash hit The Dark Knight as Harvey Dent, Gotham’s hot-shot district attorney who morphed into the criminal Two-Face.

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You can read Eckhart’s complete film bio here from IMDb.com.

It’s still unknown who will play legendary quarterback James Street in the movie. Shooting is expected to begin later this month.

Here’s a portion of the press release from Tuesday that announced Eckhart’s role:

Austin, TX, May 6, 2014 — Golden Globe nominee (and Independent Spirit Award winner) Aaron Eckhart has just signed to star in “My All American,” the heartwarming (and heartbreaking) true story of 1960s University of Texas football great Freddie Steinmark and his relationship with legendary Texas gridiron coach Darrell Royal, one of the giants of college football. Eckhart, as UT coach Royal, will be joined by upcoming young star Finn Wittrock (Angelina Jolieʼs “Unbroken,” Darren Aronofskyʼs “Noah”), whoʼs been drafted by the filmmakers to portray Steinmark. Filming will begin this month on location in Austin, Texas, under the direction of award-winning screenwriter Angelo Pizzo (“Hoosiers,” “Rudy”).

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