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Vincent D'Onofrio close to signing on for Pele biopic

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Oct 02, 2013 | 7:21pm EDT

Actor Vincent D'onofrio is close to signing on to portray Brazilian soccer coach Vicente Feola in an upcoming Pele biopic. The Law & Order: Criminal Intent star is expected to join Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Seu Jorge in the project, about the sporting legend's life and career as soccer's greatest player. Pele led Brazil to its first-ever World Cup victory in 1958 as a 17-year-old phenomenon. Meaney has been cast as George Raynor, the British coach of Sweden - the team Brazil beat to lift the title. Boneta will play Jose, Pele's arch rival, while Jorge will portray the soccer great's father, Dondinho, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Newcomers Kevin de Paula and Leonardo Lima Carvalho will share the role of Pele from the age of 10. Brazilian actor Santoro's role is being kept under wraps.

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