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Matthew McConaughey drops out of ‘Dallas Sting’ movie, halts production

Matthew McConaughey’s upcoming Texas-centric film Dallas Sting was suddenly scrapped six weeks before it went into production, according to reports.

The film was described as an inspirational story based on the story of the Dallas Sting women’s soccer team, which became the first American team, male or female, to win a major international tournament in China in 1984.

McConaughey was slated to play coach Bill Kinder, an Oklahoma native who brought Richardson’s under-19 club to China to represent the U.S. in the first FIFA-sanctioned women’s world tournament. Despite their underdog status, the Texans won, defeating teams from Italy and Australia.

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Full details of the suspension decision “are not yet forthcoming,” according to Deadline, but the decision was made “due to impropriety that [production company] Skydance and the producers were notified. After they investigated, the allegations were serious enough to cause them to withdraw from the film.

Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter described what emerged as “disturbing claims surrounding aspects of the true story on which the drama is based.”

Skydance declined to comment THR. Along with the company, McConaughey also left the project, which was reportedly nearly complete.

Dallas Sting laps the track after his 1984 championship win in China.
Dallas Sting laps the track after his 1984 championship win in China.(Michelle Kimsey – Courtesy)

Kinder founded the Dallas Sting in 1973. “At the time, girls’ sports were really kind of off limits,” he said The Dallas Morning News in 2015 “For the most part, people just didn’t think girls should be involved in athletics at all”

Production on the film was expected to begin this fall in New Orleans, Deadline previously reported, with Carrie Skogland (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) directed from a script by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (rev). Caitlin Dever (Booksmart) had signed on to play Kinder’s daughter.

“History shows how women were and still are mistreated around the sports world compared to their male counterparts,” producer Sarah Schechter said in 2020. “Let’s see what Sting did with little support and no money, intertwined with how these very different young girls entwined by a love of sport and country is a beautiful thing that deserves not to be lost to history.”