David Beckham signs big money deal with Disney+ to make TV show about a group of underprivileged young footballers

David Beckham signs big money deal with Disney+ to make TV show about a group of underprivileged young footballers

DAVID Beckham has signed a seven-figure deal with Disney+ to make a new TV show for the streaming giant.

The programme will see David working with a group of young footballers from an inner city team who play in the east end of London.

The ex-England captain will act as a mentor for the group who are growing up in similar circumstances to him.

Casting for the show took place this week in Hackney Marshes, East London – two miles from where David was born and raised in Leytonstone. 

A source said: “David was approached by Disney+ about making the show and he was very taken with the idea because it really reflects his own experiences growing up. Plus he’s still so committed to young talent in the game.

“He will be acting as a mentor figure to a group of young people growing up in the inner cities whose lives are being changed by football.

“Growing up in London isn’t easy, especially in these difficult times. This show reveals the importance of football in giving young people a goal and a sense of community.

“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.”

Insiders went on to reveal how filming for the show had been delayed by the pandemic. However production is expected to begin later this summer.

The source added: “Disney+ and David are totally committed to making this show work.

“Casting is ongoing and the makers of the show want to ensure that those who take part are going to be able to get the most out of the experience.”

David, 45, was scouted by Manchester United aged just seven and joined their youth squad, before making his first team debut aged 17 in 1992.

With United David, who now owns his own club, Inter Miami CF, won the Premier League title six times and the FA Cup twice, along with raising the Champions League cup in 1999 in the year of the club’s historic treble.

In October The Sun exclusively revealed how David had signed a £16m deal with Netflix for a series about his life and career.

The show will include never-before-seen personal footage and feature interviews with him and some of the key figures from his life talking for the first time.

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