The Jakarta Post
Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (left) interacts with Indonesian boxing legend Ellyas Pical during a visit to the former boxer's house in Tangerang, Banten. (Youth and Sports Ministry/Youth and Sports Ministry)
The story of Indonesian boxing legend Ellyas Pical will be adapted into a movie titled The Exocet.
The film is said to focus on his boxing career from 1973 to 1985.
The Exocet director Robby Ertanto said his team had been planning the project since 2011.
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“We have been waiting to do this for a long time. We finally obtained the rights and we can start shooting this year,” Robby said as quoted by Antara news agency on Monday.
The main role of Ellyas will be played by Jefri Nichol. According to Robby, there was no special reason as to why he chose the young actor.
“We met him last year, and he told us everything that he knew about Ellyas Pical. Apparently, his father told him [stories] about Ellyas a lot and he wished he could make a movie about him one day,” Robby said.
The movie’s title refers to the nickname given by foreign media that likens Ellyas' boxing style to the French missile, Exocet.
Produced by Pratama Pradana Picture, Time International and Summerland, filming is set to take place in Jakarta, Saparua in Maluku and South Korea.
The film will also star Chicco Jerikho, Vino G. Bastian, Luman Sardi, Ridho Hafiedz, Laura Basuki, Jeremy Thomas, Olga Lydia and Amanda Soekasah. (dpk/kes)