Marlon Wayans has been set to play the greatest athlete of all time in Jordan Peele’s currently unscheduled sports horror ‘GOAT.’

Based on a pitch by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, the project centres on a promising young athlete who is invited to train with a team’s retiring star.

Justin Tipping is on board to direct. Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Ian Cooper and Jamal Watson are producers. Executive producers are David Kern and Kate Oh. Universal EVP Production Development Sara Scott and Director of Development Tony Ducret will oversee the project for the studio.

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Screen testing is currently underway for the character of the young athlete, according to executives on the movie, Wayans was always first choice to play the older great athlete.

Wayans recently starred as George Raveling in Prime Video’s ‘Air’ alongside Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Ben Affleck. In 2022, he starred in and produced Netflix’s ‘The Curse of Bridge Hollow.’ Other recent credits include starring as Ted White in MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ opposite Jennifer Hudson, and in Sofia Coppola’s Apple-A24 movie ‘On the Rocks’ alongside Rashida Jones and Bill Murray.