Dan to play Sebastian Coe in biopic Gold
Dan is set to portray UK athlete Sebastian Coe in the film Gold, which dramatises Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett during the run up to the Moscow 1980 Olympics. The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance, by Pat Butcher.
An epic story of the rivalry between Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.
Britain in the late 70s; two athletes are about to rewrite the record books for the middle distance running. Their battle will go down in history as the most intense and combative sporting clash of its era. This is the compelling story of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, two men from very different backgrounds, two athletes with very different styles, both with one goal – win Olympic Gold. A taut, adrenalized look at a clash that had a nation gripped.
Filming is scheduled to start in April 2014, in the UK and Russia, and is a joint production from BBC Films, The British Film Institute, and AL Films. Woman in Black’s James Watkins will be directing.