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How Nike and Michael Jordan joined forces to create an unstoppable empire

Air follows Nike shoe salesman Sonny Vaccaro as he prompts a rookie Michael Jordan's game-changing partnership with Nike's basketball division which created the iconic Air Jordan brand. The story depicts a high-stakes gamble by an unconventional team, a determined mother and the legendary basketball player who became the greatest of all time.

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Ben Affleck stars and directs Matt Damon in biopic about the rise of Air Jordan

Air is a biopic directed by Ben Affleck for Amazon Studios. It is the fifth theatrical film directed by Affleck who earned an Academy Award for Best Picture for 2012's Argo. It is written by Alex Convery and produced by Affleck along with David Ellison, Jesse Sisgold, Jon Weinbach, Matt Damon, Madison Ainley, Jeff Robinov, Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman.

Ben Affleck acts and directs alongside long-time friend and frequent collaborator Matt Damon. The pair have known each other since childhood and have appeared in nine films together including Air. Affleck portrays Phil Knight while Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro. Although Air revolves around Michael Jordan, his character is not portrayed by anyone in the film. 

Academy Award winner Viola Davis and her real-life husband Julius Tennon portray Jordan’s parents Deloris Jordan and James R. Jordan Sr. respectively. Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans and Chris Tucker star in the film along with Matthew Maher, Tom Papa, Joel Gretsch, Gustaf Skarsgård, Barbara Sukowa, Jessica Green and Dan Bucatinsky rounding out the cast. 


December 13, 2021

Alex Convery's script for the project titled Air Jordan appeared in 2021's Black List. (Source: Deadline)

April 19, 2022

Amazon Studios picked up the script with Ben Affleck attached to star and direct alongside Matt Damon. (Source: Deadline)

June 10, 2022

Production begins in Los Angeles on Air with a number of cast announcements including Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker and Marlon Wayans joining the film. (Source: Variety)

July 7, 2022

The film wraps up production. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

July 13, 2022

Joel Gretsch & Gustaf Skarsgård were announced to appear in the film. (Source: Deadline)

January 23, 2023

Amazon Studios announces a global theatrical release for Air on April 5, 2023. It will be given a longer theatrical window prior to appearing on the Prime Video streaming service. (Source: Deadline)

February 9, 2023

The first trailer for Air is released highlighting Damon’s character’s persistence. (Source: YouTube)

February 12, 2023

A Super Bowl spot is released depicting the development of the Air Jordan sneakers. It shows Sonny Vaccaro played by Damon trying to convince Jordan’s parents played by Davis and Tennon to sign their son up for the sneaker line. (Source: YouTube

April 5, 2023

Air was released in theatres.


Drama, Sport


1h 52min

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Matt Damon
Sonny Vaccaro
Ben Affleck
Phil Knight
Jason Bateman
Rob Strasser
Viola Davis
Deloris Jordan
Chris Tucker
Howard White
Chris Messina
David Falk
Matthew Maher
Peter Moore
Marlon Wayans
George Raveling
Julius Tennon
James Jordan
Damian Young
Michael Jordan
Jay Mohr
John Fisher
Gustaf Skarsgård
Horst Dassler
Barbara Sukowa
Kathy Dassler
Joel Gretsch
John O'Neil
Asanté Deshon
7-Eleven Clerk
Jessica Green
Katrina Sainz
Tami Jordan
Sports Book Clerk
Ari Davis
Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Dempsey Gibson
Parent (uncredited)
Geoffrey Gould
Workshop Worker (uncredited)
Richard Allan Jones
Nike Staff (uncredited)
Tom Papa
Stu Inman (uncredited)
Michael Jordan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Deloris Jordan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barack Obama
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)