Could Miles Teller be the next Johnny Football on the big screen? In a recent interview with Broadcast Boys, former quarterback Johnny Manziel expressed his choice for an actor to portray him in a movie, and he named Miles Teller.
“We’ve met a couple times in L.A. and stuff,” Manziel said. “It’s been talked about before. So, we’ll go Miles Teller.”
While the 36-year-old Teller might be a bit of a stretch to capture Manziel’s college star days, the hypothetical biopic could focus more on the quarterback’s NFL downfall than the Netflix documentary, “Untold: Johnny Football,” which celebrated his time at College Station.
The Netflix documentary briefly covered Manziel’s highs, such as winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy, but it didn’t delve deeply into the aftermath. Manziel’s tumultuous NFL career lasted just two seasons, marked by the Cleveland Browns parting ways with him after domestic violence charges.
In “Untold,” Manziel revealed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt in 2016. Since then, he has returned to Texas for treatment and to mend his relationships with family.
A potential movie adaptation could provide a more comprehensive exploration of the highs and lows in Manziel’s journey, and Teller, known for his roles in “The Spectacular Now,” “Whiplash,” and “Divergent,” might have the range to bring the story to life on the big screen. There’s no denying that Johnny Manziel’s life story is compelling and could make for a captivating cinematic portrayal.