James is hoping to win the role of Harry Maguire if a film about England’s journey to the Euro 2020 final is made (Picture: Getty/Rex)
James Norton would like to play Harry Maguire in a film about England’s rise to the Euro 2020 final.
The football team will face Italy in the last game of the tournament having last made it to the final of major competition in 1966.
Actor James, 35, believes the story behind football games can be retold in a cinematic way today due to the way they are filmed.
He told the Press Association: ‘There’s an inherent drama to the build-up, they definitely borrow from drama storytelling in TV.
‘You can see the way that it’s presented, and the pundits, there is a kind of a marriage of the two, in the way documentaries are becoming almost sort of like pieces of fiction…
‘I’ve actually been thinking about that, about doing a movie about sports. I love it, I love the cinematic quality and am totally in it for the ride right now.’
James insists he doesn’t see himself as a sex symbol like his fans do (Picture: LAURENT LAURENT VU/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)
James added that he’d love to play Harry as they are physically similar or Phil Foden if he got a ‘transformative hairdo’ to help him take on the role.
Grantchester star James recently opened up to Metro about being hailed as a sex symbol, insisting he does not perceive himself in the same way as his fans.
He said: ‘As soon as people deem you a pin-up they expect you to have this extra special power, to walk into every room powerfully, but you don’t.
‘I was the kid at the all-boys boarding school who was bullied, whose younger years were definitely spent at the bottom of the pile feeling unattractive and disempowered.
‘When people credit me with having “a pin-up pout” now, it doesn’t mean anything because my bones are not that.’
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