As Deadline points out, “The aim is to make a popcorn sports movie with a female empowerment message in the vein of ‘Rocky.'” After the success of 2015’s “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” audiences are no doubt clamoring for a similarly inspiring sports story with a woman at front and center. It has, after all, been over ten years since Hilary Swank won her second Oscar in 2005 for portraying a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.”
Shields noted earlier this year that her 2012 London win didn’t fulfill her dream of relocating her family out of the troubled city, which is now facing an incredibly disastrous water crisis. Therefore she hopes to repeat her win at the Rio Olympics later this year.
In the doc “T-Rex,” Shields’ trainer, Jason Crutchfield, says, “A coach always wants a champion. Believe me. That’s why we coach. I just never thought it was going to be a girl.”
As Shields’ story proves, it’s time to start believing.