A legend of the silver screen is gearing up to play an NFL coaching legend in a new biopic. According to the Risky Business Blog, Robert De Niro has signed on to play Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi in a new biopic simply titled Lombardi.

Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth is writing the script for the film, which is being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL itself. De Niro will also produce along with his Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal. The film will focus on the years that Lombardi took over the Green Bay Packers and turned them into NFL champions.

"There are few actors who could accurately portray the fire, passion and grit of Lombardi, and we're thrilled to have Robert De Niro on our team," said Charles Coplin, the NFL's vice president programming. "With the addition of De Niro, Eric and Tribeca Prods., we have a deep bench to produce a film worthy of the legendary coach and American icon."

It was said that the producers planned to release the film in 2012, between the AFC and NFC conference championship games and the Super Bowl.