The story of Anthony Robles appears to be headed to the big screen.
Robles, Arizona State wrestler who won the 125-pound title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships despite being born without a left leg, will be the subject of a Hollywood film.
Here’s how the entertainment website Deadline.com opened its story on the new movie.
“‘Mudbound’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ star Jason Mitchell is to play inspirational former wrestling champ Anthony Robles in biopic ‘Unstoppable’.”
The Deadline.com story states that the movie’s producers had previously purchased the rights to Robles’ 2012 autobiography “Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion.”
Deadline.com also reported a director has been named — Billy Goldenberg, Oscar-winning editor, who will be making his directorial debut. “Unstoppable” producers are identified as David Crockett and Andy Fraser along with Robles’ longtime manager Gary Lewis.
Filming is slated to begin in first quarter of 2019.
Anthony Marc Robles, 30, discovered wrestling as a 14-year-old growing up in Mesa, Ariz. He went on to win two Arizona high school state titles. Robles then enrolled at Arizona State, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American, winning the 125-pound title at the 2011 NCAAs. He completed his college mat career with a 122-23 overall record for the Sun Devils, including an undefeated senior season.
Robles was presented with two awards at the 2011 ESPYs: the prestigious “Jimmy V” Award for Perseverance, and the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. He was also honored with the Medal of Courage by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.In addition to being a motivational speaker, Anthony Robles is a commentator for ESPN’s coverage of NCAA Division I Wrestling.