Based on the novel by Andy Dougan, the story deals with 'The Death Match', a landmark soccer game that took place in occupied Ukraine between a starving local soccer team and a ‘super team’ of Nazi players during World War II.
Butler will play Nikolai Trusevich, the all-star goalie who ultimately inspired the entire battered city of Kiev.
Eli Richbourg adapted the screenplay and talks with potential directors are underway. Shooting will take place in Europe in 2013.
The project should be familiar stuff to Butler who also starred as goalie Frank Borghi in 2005's "The Game of Their Lives". That film dealt with the true story of an underdog U.S. soccer team who won the World Cup in Brazil in 1950.