Tom Brady is used to being the most famous person in the room. He might have a little competition in one setting.
That’s because Brady is acting alongside a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights in his executively produced film, “80 for Brady.” The film, inspired by a true story, features a host of Tinseltown titans and a smattering of Brady’s longtime New England compatriots.
Written by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern, the movie revolves around four 80-something friends hoping to add sparkle to their relationship. Their solution? To go watch their favorite football player (Brady) battle the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
It’s a whimsical story of friendship and frankness, with one of the NFL’s greatest comebacks as the backdrop. It boasts a star-studded cast whose accomplishments stretch far beyond the film’s namesake.
Just who is set to appear in “80 for Brady,” which is due for release in early February? The Sporting News breaks it down.
Meet the ’80 for Brady’ cast
“80 for Brady” employs an eclectic cast that stretches the bonds of age, sport and celebrity. The movie is fortified by a standout group of actors, performers who have climbed to the top of their profession and stayed there for decades. Sound familiar?
Part of one of the first families of Hollywood, Fonda needs little introduction. She has collected a laundry list of accolades throughout her storied career, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, seven Golden Globes, five Primetime Emmys and two Tony Awards. That’s a trophy cabinet that puts even Brady to shame.
Joining longtime friend Fonda on the cast is Tomlin, an LGBTQ+ icon and one of the greatest comedians of her era. Tomlin has appeared in numerous roles alongside Fonda, including “9 to 5” (1980), “Lily: Sold Out” (1981) and, most recently, “Grace and Frankie” (2015-22). Much like Fonda, she has a well-stocked trophy case, capturing some 44 awards during her lengthy career.
Few names have as much gravitas in Tinseltown as Field, who has put in more than 60 years of service and done so impeccably. Field got her start on “Gidget” and later earned plaudits for her performance in “Sybil” (1976). She co-starred in classics like “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), introducing her to a new generation of fans. She has kept the good times rolling since; she even featured in a Spider-Man movie during the 2010s.
Moreno rounds out the fearsome foursome of women starring in “80 for Brady.” She, too, has accrued a treasure chest of accolades over the course of her career, Moreno is part of an exclusive club of actors to win the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). Recently, she starred in “Jane the Virgin,” one of the most popular shows on television during its run.
The 45-year old is the greatest player in NFL history, he holds nearly every passing record, and he has set the standard for the quarterback position since entering the league in 2000. He also has a little bit of acting experience; he hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2005 and has made cameos in a number of shows and movies, most notably “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Entourage” and “Ted 2.”
Not a whole lot of people have contributed more to style over the years than Porter. A smooth-dressing, slick-talking Hollywood icon, he earned acclaim for his role in “Pose,” capturing a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2019.
Corddry has strung together an impressive career, appearing on a host of standout series including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Ballers” and “The Unicorn.” Corddry is also the man behind the Adult Swim show “Childrens Hospital,” which has brought him four Primetime Emmys.
The Chicago comedian came to prominence on “Saturday Night Live,” starring on the show from 2016-2. He has taken different roles since departing the franchise and is slated to join the cast of upcoming comedy “Bad Monkey” as a recurring character.
If you like food, you probably like Fieri. The world-renowned chef and fried food connoisseur is among the most popular in the United States. He gained nationwide relevance while starring on the show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” one of culinary television’s true gems.
A Primetime Emmy nominee in his own right, Hamlin has starred in a host of popular television programs, most notably “Mad Men” alongside Jon Hamm and “L.A. Law.”
Adept at working both sides of the camera, Balaban is something of a legend in the film industry. He helped to produce “Gosford Park” (2001) and startted in “Capote” (2005), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) and “The French Dispatch” (2021).
Best known for his portrayal of Mayor Clarence Royce on “The Wire” and Army Col. Bedford Taylor on the sketch show “A Different World,” Turman has more than 50 years of acting experience.
The future Hall of Famer has become a standout presenter since retiring. He has appeared on a number of programs, including the Nickelodeon Choice Awards.
Another Primetime Emmy recipient, Gilbert has amassed quite the career. She rose to prominence on the 1990s classic “Roseanne,” and then parlayed that into talk-show hosting (“The Talk”) and other acting gigs,
on the wildly popular “The Big Bang Theory.”
Jimmy O. Yang
Best known for his role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Yang has nabbed a host of acting credits, including as one of the stars of 2021 Netflix rom-com “Love Hard.”
A rising comedic star in the 2010s, Funches has taken part in a number of projects, including “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh” and “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!”
A television fixture throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Lauria was a regular presence on popular shows like “Friday Night Lights,” “30 Rock” and “Parenthood.”
Kirkland has featured in a number of high-profile projects, including 1987’s “Anna,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe win.
The hulking Bentley took on the role of Matt Patricia in “80 for Brady,” an eye-opening role for the rising actor.
The diminutive wideout was a force of nature in the slot and one of Brady’s favorite targets. He played a pivotal role in three of New England’s Super Bowl wins. Edelman caught 12 passes for 141 yards in Super Bowl 52, earning him Super Bowl MVP honors.