Biopic on soccer legend Pele in the making

Los Angeles: A biopic on Brazilian soccer legend Pele is currently being developed.

Imagine Entertainment is developing a feature film revolving around the best footballer of all time, from his childhood to the time when he won his first World Cup at the age of 17, reported Ace Showbiz.

"This will be more of a coming-of-age story that will trace Pele`s childhood until he won his first World Cup in Sweden at the age of 17. The plan is to film the Pele movie in English with some Portuguese," said Kim Roth, Imagine President of Production.

Filmmaker duo Jeff and Michael Zimbalist have been roped to write the script and also direct the biopic.

The untitled Pele biopic is expected to begin shooting in Brazil in 2013. It is projected to be released prior to the World Cup. No actor has been approached to portray the soccer legend.

Pele himself, whose real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento, has previously appeared in a number of feature films and TV series.

His latest big screen appearance was in 2004 when he starred in "Pele Forever", a documentary directed by Anibal Massaini Neto.