Ben Affleck’s new film titled “Air” will become ready-to-watch content on Prime Video on May 12. This comes more than a month after the film’s debut on the big screen. “Air” by two long-time friends, Matt Damon and Affleck premiered on April 5 in theatres. The film is produced by Skydance Sports, Mandalay Pictures, and Amazon Studios. Fans can’t wait for the game-changing movie to stream on Prime Video.
The Plot Behind Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s “Air” And Casting
Although Ben Affleck directed “Air,” the success was significantly based on the crew and cast members— and storyline. The Alex Convery script is tailored after the true life story of NBA legend, Michael Jordan. It shows how Jordan handled a life-changing endorsement deal with one of the world’s biggest brands. The film also hits on the creation of the Air Jordan brand.
Notable faces in the “Air” film include Ben Affleck who also played Nike’s co-founder, Phil Knight. Others were Damon as Sonny Vaccaro, and Viola Davis, Jordan’s mom. The Emmy winner was selected by the NBA star to play his real-life mom. Deloris Jordan was the catalyst her son needed to change his life forever. She had the foresight and it influenced her son’s contract.
While speaking about the iconic role, Davis confessed that she had to study Deloris’ demeanor. The “Air” star confessed that her real-life personality contrasts with Jordan’s mom. Also, she did not expect to be handpicked by the iconic basketball star. Davis mentioned that they met only once at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Jordan’s wife was a fan of her “How To Get Away With Murder” series.
About Air’s casting, Ben Affleck was not sure who to select for Deloris’ role until the NBA star suggested Davis. But when it came to working with her, he felt at ease. It was a team effort from both ends, and the “Woman Is King” star connected seamlessly with her character.
The most intriguing aspect was being able to influence her scripts. Davis made up lines to go with her role and they were mostly accepted by Affleck. Joining Davis was Julius Tennon who played Jordan’s dad. Chris Tucker, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Matthew Maher, Chris Messina, and Gustaf Skarsgård are also in the film.
“Air” Release Date On Prime Video
Per Variety, less than two weeks from now, movie lovers will catch “Air” on prime videos. Streaming will be on all Fire TV devices. But before then, prime video subscribers are eligible for an exclusive view of the making of the film.
Air is Ben Affleck’s first attempt at working closely with Damon under their Artists Equity. Fortunately, it has been a smooth sail. Following its release last month, the movie grossed $74.7 billion globally. It has also attracted acclaim from viewers and this list includes critics.
The Affleck-directed film scored an A in the Cinemascore. Meanwhile, Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge made a positive commentary concerning it. In his words:
“”Air” reveals how an exceptional Black athlete leveraged his talent — and the power of being pursued by a bunch of white men in suits — to change the game.”