David Beckham will star in the new Disney+ series ‘Save Our Squad’.
The 45-year-old retired soccer star will return to the east London pitches where he played as a child, as he mentors a young grassroots side that are battling for survival in the league.
David and his team will take the players, their coach and the community on the transformative journey of a lifetime in the series.
‘Save Our Squad’ will be co-produced by Twenty Twenty and Beckham’s production company Studio 99. Disney commissioner Sean Doyle is involved in the show as executive producer.
David said: “It is fantastic to be making ‘Save Our Squad’ with Twenty Twenty and to shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced growing up and which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game.
“I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible. Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney+ on this project.”
Sean added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the importance and impact of grassroots football in communities in the UK. The series will be exciting, dramatic, uplifting and full of heart and courage – everything David had in his own playing days.”
Last month, a report claimed that David – who captained England and played for clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid during his career – had signed a seven-figure deal to star in the show.
A source said: “Disney thought David was an ideal mentor for the group. He came from nothing to become one of the best footballers and most famous people in the world.
“He’ll be seen helping to inspire and encourage these youngsters on their own individual journeys.
“It was a huge coup for Disney to get David on board. For him it’s about sharing his passion for the game and helping these youngsters out as much as he can.”