Amazon Studios to Release Ben Affleck’s Nike and Michael Jordan Film, ‘Air,’ in Theaters

Ben Affleck is directing Air, a film about the partnership between rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s basketball division and how it became a sensation in the world of sports with the Air Jordan brand. Before premiering on Prime Video, it will have a theatrical release from Amazon Studios, with Warner Bros. Pictures handling international release.

Air is a partnership between Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, Artists Equity, and Mandalay Pictures. The film is set to be released in theaters on April 5, 2023. This marks the first project from Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Equity, and Affleck’s first time directing a movie that stars Damon.

About Air

From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time.

Matt Damon plays maverick Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro and Affleck plays Nike co-founder Phil Knight with Jason Bateman as Rob Strasser, Chris Messina as David Falk, Matthew Maher as Peter Moore, Marlon Wayans as George Raveling, Chris Tucker as Howard White, Viola Davis as Deloris Jordan, Gustaf Skarsgård as Horst Dassler, and Julius Tennon as James Jordan – among others.

Directed by Affleck, the film is written by Alex Convery and produced by David Ellison, Jesse Sisgold, Jon Weinbach, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Madison Ainley, Jeff Robinov, Peter Guber, and Jason Michael Berman. Executive producers include Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, Drew Vinton, John Graham, Peter E. Strauss, and Jordan Moldo.

Air hits theaters globally on April 5, 2023.

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