Matthew McConaughey Movie 'Dallas Sting' Axed Just Weeks Ahead Of Production

The film received disturbing allegations pertaining to aspects of the film's true story narrative.

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Matthew McConaughey’s latest project, the football film Dallas Sting, has been shown a red card and is being scrapped, six weeks ahead of production. 

The film, which was due to be directed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Kari Skogland received disturbing allegations pertaining to aspects of the film's true story narrative. Skydance launched an investigation into the allegations and reportedly found them to be serious enough to scrap the entire film. McConaughey has also bowed out of the film, reported Deadline.


Dallas Sting was set to be an inspirational drama based on the true story of a Dallas women's soccer team who, in 1984, went to China to compete against some of the world's best soccer teams at the first world championship for women's soccer as President Reagan attempted to open up relations with China. McConaughey was to play Bill Kinder, a Texan with no prior soccer coaching experience. He coached a U.S. team comprised of Dallas high school girls who played together in the 19-and-under league and called themselves The Sting after the Robert Redford movie. Kinder led The Sting, and the team went on to beat Australia, Japan, China, and eventually, Italy in the championship game. 


The plugs were pulled off very quickly after the allegations against the film. Skogland was attached to direct the film with a script from GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Dopesick's Kaitlyn Dever was confirmed to play McConaughey's daughter, and an extensive casting search for talented female soccer players with acting chops was nearing completion before it all fell apart. The project was developed by Skydance and Berlanti Schechter Productions and financed by Skydance. Apple had a first look at the film due to its overall deal with Skydance. 


Production for Dallas Sting was scheduled to start in October in New Orleans. Per the Hollywood Reporter, a source close to producers said that they were "disappointed by the development,” and still believe that “the story of the 1984 team and its young women deserved to be told.”