Matthew McConaughey Soccer Movie ‘Dallas Sting’ Cancelled By Skydance After Various Allegations

The movie was weeks away from starting production

Matthew McConaughey-starrer Dallas Sting gets the red card before the match began. Skydance, the producer has pulled the plug on the project that had McConaughey playing coach to a women’s soccer team. The movie was about to begin production in six weeks. So what happened?

Matthew McConaughey And Dallas Sting

Dallas Sting
Alicia Tannery

Dallas Sting was meant to be an inspirational sports drama based on the true story of a women’s soccer team from Texas city. In 1984, the team went to China to compete against some of the world’s biggest teams. Matthew McConaughey was to play Bill Kinder, a Texan man with no experience in soccer coaching, but still coached the team comprising of high-school girls and competing in a 19-and-under competition. The team called themselves the Sting, named after the iconic Robert Redford movie. Kinder accompanied the team to Australia, Japan, China, and finally Italy for the championship game. It happened at a time when President Ronald Reagan was opening up relations to China.

In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Skydance canceled it after receiving “disturbing allegations” about the movie’s authenticity. They launched an investigation and found them to be serious enough to pull the plug on the whole project.

People Attached To The Film Aside From Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

The film had a script by GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland to direct. Berlanti Schechter Productions was producing along with Skydance, and both parties refused to comment. Aside from Matthew McConaughey, the movie was to star Kaitlyn Dever as his daughter. The production team had spent a long time scouting for actual soccer players and worked with them on their acting as well.