Rob Brown has been cast as the lead opposite Dennis Quaid in Universal's The Express.

Brown will play Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win a Heisman Trophy. Variety adds the athlete, raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, never got to play in the NFL; he was diagnosed with leukemia after being drafted. Quaid plays his hard-nosed coach, Ben Schwartzwalder, who served as a surrogate father.

No production schedule is set for The Express.