Kurt Warner is surely excited to have his improbable journey to NFL stardom chronicled into a movie. It's also safe to say that he is excited about the actor that has chosen to portray him. Warner, a Hall of Fame quarterback who went from a third shift grocery store clerk to a Super Bowl MVP in just a few short years, will see his story come to life in a movie titled "American Underdog," with production on the movie expected to begin later this year. The actor that will play warner is Zach Levi, who recently starred as a DC Comics superhero in the movie, "Shazam!"
"What a crazy, amazing journey this has been," Warner said via Twitter earlier this week. ... "Now I'm going to be played by a Super Hero!! Excited you [Zachary Levi] are taking this ride with us, can't wait to see you deliver our story to the BIG screen!"
The 39-year-old actor expressed his excitement to play Warner via his Instagram account Wednesday afternoon.
"Beyond pumped for this one. Have always found [Kurt Warner], his family, and their journey, to be an uplifting and inspiring one. Can't wait to bring their story to screens both larger and small. Big thanks to [Erwin Brothers] and [Lions Gate] for trusting me with donning lucky No. 13."
Warner was an unknown commodity before taking over for Trent Green before the start of the 1999 season. An undrafted rookie in 1994, Warner played arena football as well as in NFL Europe before spending the 1998 season as the team's third-string quarterback. Warner's experience in the fast-paced, condensed world of arena football paid dividends when he got his opportunity to play in 1999, as he led a fast, explosive Rams offense that averaged nearly 33 points per game during the regular season. That season, Warner led the NFL in completion percentage (65.1) and touchdown passes (41) while becoming the first quarterback in history to throw at least three touchdown passes in his first four career starts. Warner led the Rams to their first Super Bowl victory that season, a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.
The MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV, Warner earned his second league MVP award in 2001 after leading the league in completion percentage (68.7), passing yards (4,830) and touchdown passes (36) while leading the Rams to their second Super Bowl in three years. Warner later enjoyed more success with the Arizona Cardinals, leading the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2008 season.
Warner's career earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.