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Jens Lehmann

Hot on the heels of his cameo appearance in the critically acclaimed masterpiece Goal II: Living the Dream, former Arsenal and current VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has earned his first acting role proper.

The German star will play football talent scout John Jacobs (!) in Themba, which is currently shooting in South Africa. The film – based on the novel of the same name by German-Dutch writer Lutz van Dijk – follows an eleven year-old named Themba as he makes his way from poverty to the South African Football Team.

The film is unlikely to be a blockbuster (it doesn’t even have an IMDB page at the moment), but its international release just before the South Africa 2010 World Cup should boost its popularity.

[ScreenDaily, thanks to Mozzer for the tip]

1 response so far
  • Gina // June 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I read the book and its more about HIV and poverty than about football and certainly can’t be compared to Goal II. I think it is meant to be shown at the Berlinale before the WC 2010 and is more of a little melodrama than a big movie bockbuster kind of thing. Good move with Lehmann though as he is well-known in Africa due to so many Africans being Arsenal fans. And Mr. Jacobs is a nice little part in the movie. He’ll also train a township kids team for a week or so from what I have heard. Lehmann is godfather of a project that helps HIV-positive children in the townships or those who lost their parents to Aids. I hope the movie will be a success because I assume like with the book some of the earnings will be used for charity projects.

    Hilarious photoshopping btw. :D

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