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Travis Kelce takes on Hollywood with upcoming film production

Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce is making headlines off the football field as he delves into the world of film production. Kelce, 34, is credited as an executive producer on the upcoming film ‘My Dead Friend Zoe,’ marking his debut in the movie industry. The low-budget dark comedy is set to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 9, offering a unique blend of humor and drama.

Variety, the first to report this development, highlighted that ‘My Dead Friend Zoe’ is the inaugural project taking advantage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act for film financing. The film stars an ensemble cast including Sonequa Martin-Green, Natalie Morales, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman, with Kelce and his producing partners, Mike Field and Ray Maiello, at the helm.

Written and directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, the movie follows Merit, a female Afghanistan veteran entangled in a mysterious relationship with her wise-cracking (and deceased) best friend from the Army. Reluctantly, she reunites with her estranged Vietnam vet grandfather at the family’s ancestral lake house. The film promises a unique narrative and explores themes of family, relationships, and the complexities of life after military service.

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In a recent press conference, Kelce shared insights into his burgeoning interest in the entertainment industry. While expressing his commitment to football, he acknowledged the inevitability of eventually parting ways with the sport. “Being able to get out there and really find what you love to do…I’ve been enjoying doing, like getting on camera,” he stated.

This venture into film production is not Kelce’s only foray into the entertainment world. He previously hosted Saturday Night Live, an experience that, according to him, opened up new possibilities and potential career paths.

Besides ‘My Dead Friend Zoe,’ Kelce and his producing partners utilize President Joe Biden’s renewable energy tax credits to finance the Jean-Michel Basquiat documentary ‘King Pleasure.’ This ambitious project showcases Kelce’s multifaceted approach to his post-football career.

While Kelce has reiterated his current commitment to the NFL, he did hint at the importance of his relationship with Coach Andy Reid. In a recent podcast episode, he revealed that if Coach Reid were to retire, it might prompt him to consider an earlier exit from the football field.

As Kelce’s multifaceted empire expands beyond the realm of football, the premiere of ‘My Dead Friend Zoe’ at SXSW promises to be a milestone in his burgeoning career as a film producer. With a compelling narrative and a stellar cast, the movie is poised to make waves both on and off the screen, showcasing Kelce’s diverse talents beyond the football field.


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