Ex-NFL star Jake Plummer to play a Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback in CFL movie

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Published July 3, 2021 at 2:03 am

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Jake Plummer is going to be behind centre — and in front of the camera — at quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Almost fifteen years after he last threw a pass in the National Football League, Plummer has signed on to play the Tiger-Cats quarterback in a Canadian football movie called “Kick.” According to reports from 3DownNation and USA Today’s BroncosWire, the movie focuses on a group of preteen boys who are diehard Tiger-Cats fans. The plot calls for the Tiger-Cats to go on an improbable run to the Grey Cup after starting the season with an 0-7 record.

Toronto-born writer-producer Chris Bickford, a CFL devotee in his own right, has long spoken of making a Canadian football movie. Bickford has pointed out that sports films often do more to create passion among young fans as the real-life games. The CFL’s core audience, even prior to the league shutting down for 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, has steadily trended older in recent decades.

The movie, according to BroncosWire, is close to securing final funding for a four-week shoot. Bickford is aiming at getting the movie picked up by a streaming platform in time for a debut close to the Grey Cup, which will be played in Hamilton on Dec. 12.

Bickford is working with Russ De Jong of North Films, the largest privately-owned film production company in Canada.  

Plummer, 46, played in the NFL from 1997 to 2006 with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. He made the Pro Bowl in 2005 after leading Denver to an AFC championship game appearance. “Kick” would be his first speaking role.

(Cover photo via The Associated Press.)

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