Jake Plummer to star CFL quarterback in film
Paxton Lynch isn’t the only former Denver Broncos quarterback heading to the Canadian Football League this summer (he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders earlier this week). Jake Plummer, who played for the Broncos from 2003 to 2006, is also set to play CFL quarterback – on a movie set.
Plummer signed to represent a grizzled and aging quarterback in Stroke. Plummer won’t star – the film focuses on four 12-year-old boys on a coming-of-age adventure – but he will play a key role for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their unlikely quest for the championship.
The former NFL quarterback received an email from writer / producer Chris Bickford introducing him to the film two weeks ago.
âI asked Chris, ‘Why me? “And he said,” Because you were my favorite quarterback, “when I was playing and still one of his all-time favorites, then he started with me,” Plummer said in an interview with Broncos Wire. “I gave him a day to think about it, he checked and everything, and I was like, ‘Sure, let’s do it. I can play an old quarterback. It’s not a big, you know, a monumental demand when it comes to acting. “
Plummer has some acting experience as an extra, but this will be his first speaking role. The lines will be familiar to him.
âThere’s a part where at halftime I get the guys together,â Plummer said. âGather them up and say, ‘Hey, let’s go. Let’s have it all on the ground. It’s not much different from some of the halftime speeches I’ve given in my 10 year career where you[re] down by 17, coming in at halftime saying, “Hey, let’s flip the script over and get out in the second half and go get this game.” So it won’t be far from anything I’ve ever done before.
Plummer, 46, will “grow 40” in the film. Plummer was 32 when he retired from the NFL and while that isn’t quite Tom Brady-level veteran status, playing a veteran QB should come naturally to him.
âI’m not being asked to play a weird role where I have to like to change who I am, I just have to go out and kind of be the guy I was,â he said.
The filmmakers would like to release the film in tandem with the CFL Championship game in December, which will be played in Hamilton. Before filming can begin, however, they seek final funding.
âThey are looking for finalized funding,â Plummer said. âThe most important thing right now is to finalize the funding so they can get it – they’ve got everything ready, they’ve got their gear, the script. They gotta finalize the actors and actresses and everything, but other than that it’s [ready to film]. “
Bickford, whose role in the film extends beyond his official title as writer / producer, told Broncos Wire that private investors will receive 50% of the film’s profits. He also noted that Get out, a Netflix movie with an equally small budget, grossed $ 255 million.
If funding is secure and the film is shot on time, Stroke will be released on a major streaming platform just in time for the Gray Cup.
âIdeally, I think he would like that to happen because it would be a good time,â Plummer said.
Bickford is the contact for interested investors.
The producers of the film are hoping to land at least one big star, like Rachel McAdams. Bickford said he has been in contact with McAdams’ manager and hopes to get the Canadian star involved in the film.
Plummer, meanwhile, hasn’t played professional football since 2006, but he has remained connected to football. He is the co-founder of ReadyList Sports, a “highly interactive web playbook that leverages multiple learning styles and built-in testing,” according to the company’s website.
Now he’s ready for his first major movie role in a proper football comeback.
âI think this will be a great way to expose and shine a light on a league that has a rich history,â Plummer said. âWho knows what that leads to – if anything – it’s just once you’re on the movie and the movie is cut and it’s out, nobody can take it off. You’re in a movie.