Fans of Datuk Nicol David, the squash No.1 in the world for a record-breaking 108 months until September 2015, are celebrating the news that a biopic on her is to be made a blockbuster.
“I’m so excited,” she said, adding that she will be collaborating with ACE Pictures Entertainment, a Malaysian digital media and film production investment company.
When asked if she will be acting in her biopic, she said, “No, not me! Someone else will be acting it. The production will do a nationwide casting in Malaysia to find someone to play the role as me.”
As for Nicol’s coach Liz Irving of Australia, a Hollywood actress will be casted although no name has been given as the production is keeping most of the details under wraps for now.
Nicol also revealed that her favourite part of the movie would be the portrayal of a woman’s will and dedication, as well as the struggles one has to face to achieve success.
She really is an icon. Love her for that.
"My best part of this movie or the essence of it is the portrayal of a woman's will and dedication that is so profound, it becomes life itself. And the complex struggles one has to face when confronted with the reality of having to let go of something so deeply a part of herself," she said.
President of ACE Pictures, Peter Wong, mentioned that the biopic would be produced in English to cater to local audiences, as well as key markets in the US and Europe as ACE Pictures has distribution networks and connections to sales agencies in these regions.
"Hearing Nicol speak about her life story gave us a completely different view into the sacrifices that had to be done in order to achieve her remarkable level of success," he said in a press statement.
"While we believe many are willing to go beyond the ordinary for their careers as a pro athlete, the love and dedication Nicol has for the sport exceeds normal understanding. This is why her biopic will not only be about an underdog's rise to success - she was and always has been an established icon,” he said, showing his admiration towards the athlete.
The screenplay will be done by two high profile female screenwriters —a Malaysian and a US-based writer, as the production is taking active steps in advocating gender equality.
Peter said: "Both are masters of the craft, we believe that collaboration between the two writers will bring about a deeper dimension and more values into the screenplay."
Women power. Can't wait for the movie to be out!!