George Weah is a legend in both his native Liberia and in the world of football soccer. Having played at the highest level all over the world for more than a decade - in 1995 while at AC Milan, he was named World Footballer of the Year, African Footballer of the Year, and FIFA Footballer of the Year - he retired in the wake of Liberia's failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Always interested in humanitarian issues in his war-torn homeland, in 2004 Weah finally threw his hat into the political ring, announcing his intentions to run for president in the 2005 elections. The field of candidates was outrageously crowded and, though Weah was the early front-runner and won the first round of voting, he eventually lost in a runoff.

Despite his political failure, Weah's story remains an inspiration to many, and Tollin/Robbins Productions and Animus Films plan to make a film about his life, with a focus on his "political awakening." The screenplay is being written by Sid Quashie, who describes Weah - a consultant on the project - as a man who "presented possibilities to a generation of teens who were unemployed and former child soldiers during the civil war. He's like Pele, Michael Jordan and (Nelson) Mandela rolled into one."
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