More than 20 years after winning his last Grand Slam title, Andre Agassi is still top of mind in the sports world.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced of a forthcoming Hollywood adaption of Agassi's acclaimed 2009 autobiography "Open," one of the most popular sports books of its kind. In the book, Agassi provided hard truths not only about his drive to be one of the sport's best, but also his at times painful upbringing.
Nearly 14 years after publication, Agassi's story makes plenty of sense for the big screen. But there's one big question. Who could embody the tennis Hall of Famer in a credible way?
NewYorkBets.com came up with hypothetical odds on who could do Agassi justice in the adaptation. And while you won't find these on any New York sports betting apps, we hope they get you excited for what could be a future Oscar contender if done right.
One caveat with our odds: Agassi's story will naturally span across many decades, meaning multiple actors could be cast for certain time periods in his life. Our odds equally present the chance of said actor appearing as Agassi at all in the finished film. Who are our two heavy favorites? Find out below.
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The Favorite? Colin Farrell
There are obviously a lot of ways the adaptation can go with casting, but we like 46-year-old Colin Farrell as the favorite (+200) to bring Agassi to life if the Twitter thread is accurate.
Farrell, fresh off his first Oscar nomination for "The Banshees of Inisherin," has both the emotional depth and comedic charm to embody what made Agassi click with crowds for over 20 years. Just look at those eyes throughout "Banshees" as he toes the line between comedy and tragedy, delivering a career best performance opposite the quiet, stoic Brendan Gleeson.
Yes, Farrell is Irish, and has a natural accent, especially in "Banshees" and "In Bruges." But he actually got his big break playing young Americans in action thrillers like "S.W.A.T.," "The Recruit" and "Phone Booth." No worries on Farrell mastering Agassi's American accent.
Who Else Could Be In Play?
After Farrell, there are still plenty of intriguing options for Agassi as both a young up-and-coming player and in middle age.
Andrew Garfield (+250), a surprising 39-years-old but able to play younger, could bring the goods as the affable Agassi who had trouble loving tennis at the peak of his powers. Garfield rose to prominence in David Fincher's "The Social Network," and has since played Spider-Man in three films and headlined Academy Award nominated dramas in "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Silence."
Another option for young Agassi? Farrell's fellow 2023 Best Actor nominee Austin Butler (+800), who captivated audiences last year with his embodiment of Elvis Presley. Who wouldn't want to see Butler rock the long yellow hair of a twenty-something Agassi, and he's already proven he's got the chops to take on real-life figures.
Miles Teller (+1200) is fresh off the rocket ship that was "Top Gun: Maverick," and previously just lost out to Butler for "Elvis." Maybe the 36-year-old would relish the chance to play Agassi and score his first ever career Oscar nomination.
Last but not least, we'll throw another acclaimed actor out to play the older Agassi. England's Ralph Fiennes (+1700) is one of our best chameleons going. He portrayed a sympathetic British diplomat in 2006's acclaimed "The Constant Gardener," brought Lord Voldemort himself to life in the "Harry Potter" films and is hot off 2022's smash hit "The Menu."
We could see Fiennes chewing up the scenery again in the forthcoming Agassi biopic.
Of course, producers of the Agassi film may want to go with an unknown actor for a more seamless entry point for the audience, so we'll give The Field (+300) a shot here as well. After all, who had heard of Austin Butler before he was Elvis Presley?
But come on, where's the fun in that?
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