• Thomas Bonifield

Erwin Brothers' "American Underdog" Releases Christmas Day

This biopic tells the inspiring story of football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and his journey from grocery store stock boy to Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Zachary Levi stars as Kurt Warner in "American Underdog." Image: Kingdom Story Company & Lionsgate.

One of this year's most-anticipated faith-based films, American Underdog will now hit theaters nationwide on December 25th. This is the third new release date for the film from the brother duo of Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, having previously been slated for December 10th of this year after the coronavirus scrubbed its initial target of December, 2020.


A digital poster for "American Underdog." Image: Kingdom Story Company & Lionsgate.

Starring Zachary Levi in the role of Kurt Warner, the production comes from the Erwins' Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate. And they have put together a strong supporting cast, including Anna Paquin, Dennis Quaid and Christian actors Kevin Downes, who is a producer on the movie as well, and Brett Varvel, who starred in our inaugural feature film, Miracle on Christmas.


Written by Jon Erwin, Jon Gunn and David Aaron Cohen of Friday Night Lights fame, the story is based on Kurt Warner's 2001 memoir, All Things are Possible, as Christian Film Blog previously reported. It follows his improbable climb from quarterback at a second tier college to Super Bowl winner after making stops working in a grocery store and playing in the Arena Football League and the now-defunct NFL Europe.


The Iowa native's journey is undergirded by his rock-solid Christian faith, which will no doubt prove uplifting to audiences. The trailer below gives a good sense for the movie and Warner's backstory.