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Matt Damon and Viola Davis star in Air: Courting a Legen movie 2023

Ben Affleck directs Matt Damon in AIR: COURTING A LEGEND in the story about how a Nike executive had the brilliant idea to court a young rookie named Michael Jordan before he became one of the best basketball players in the world and create a shoe around his name. Affleck also gave himself a role as the Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Viola Davis, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker, and Chris Messina also star in AIR.

Who knew Jordan's mother played by Viola Davis was instrumental in Jordan's success and business dealings? It's also very interesting that a Nike executive had the foresight to bet his career on a long shot.

AIR: COURTING A LEGEND will hit movie theaters on April 5.

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From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time. 

Additional Information:

– AIR features an all-star cast, including Matt Damon as maverick Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, Ben Affleck as Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and Viola Davis as Deloris Jordan. Additional cast includes Jason Bateman as Rob Strasser, Chris Messina as David Falk, Marlon Wayans as George Raveling, Chris Tucker as Howard White, Matthew Maher as Peter Moore, Gustaf Skarsgård as Horst Dassler, and Julius Tennon as James Jordan.

– AIR reunites Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, marking the first time Affleck has directed his longtime friend and collaborator. 
– Viola Davis plays Deloris Jordan, Michael’s mother, who was a fierce advocate for her son, was instrumental in negotiating this unprecedented deal, and was committed to ensuring her son's legacy. 

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