David Beckham has reportedly signed a seven-figure deal to create a new football series for Disney+.
The series will follow Beckham as he mentors a group of young footballers from an inner city team who play in the east end of London who are growing up in similar circumstances to him.
Casting for the show took place this week in Hackney Marshes, East London – two miles from where David was born and raised.
A source told The Sun:
“David was approached by Disney+ about making the show and he was very taken with the idea because it really reflects his own experiences growing up. Plus he’s still so committed to young talent in the game.
“He will be acting as a mentor figure to a group of young people growing up in the inner cities whose lives are being changed by football.
“Growing up in London isn’t easy, especially in these difficult times. This show reveals the importance of football in giving young people a goal and a sense of community.
“Disney thought David was an ideal mentor for the group. He came from nothing to become one of the best footballers and most famous people in the world.
“He’ll be seen helping to inspire and encourage these youngsters on their own individual journeys.
“It was a huge coup for Disney to get David on board. For him it’s about sharing his passion for the game and helping these youngsters out as much as he can.”
Filming was delayed due to a national lockdown in the UK but production is expected to begin later this summer.
The source added: “Disney+ and David are totally committed to making this show work.
“Casting is ongoing and the makers of the show want to ensure that those who take part are going to be able to get the most out of the experience.”
It’s also believed that David Beckham had signed a £16m deal with Netflix for a series about his life and career.
David Beckham is one of the most well-known celebrities in the world so this definitely seems like a huge win for Disney+. The series hasn’t been officially confirmed by Disney at the moment so this should be taken as a rumour. However, we do know Disney plan to create multiple UK based original content for Disney+.