Taron Egerton is staying in business with Matthew Vaughn. The actor, who has worked with Vaughn on the Kingsman films, will join Apple‘s forthcoming biopic film titled Tetris, centering around the popular video game of the same name. Egerton is set to portray the role of the Dutch video game designer named Henk Rogers, who was the first one to successfully secure the rights for the game’s distribution on consoles. Vaughn will be on board as a producer, a capacity he filled on another Egerton collaboration, Rocketman.
Casting for the roles of the game’s creator Alexey Pajitnov and businessmen Robert and Kevin Maxwell are still getting finalized. Taking on directing duties will be Jon S. Baird, who previously helmed Stan & Ollie. The film will be produced and financed by Vaughn’s Marv Films and Leonard Blavatnik’s Al Film. Unigram’s Grego Cameron and Gillian Berrie will also serve as producers on the project. Production is scheduled to start this early December in Scotland.
First created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, Tetris instantly became a video game classic phenomenon after it became a fixture of the Nintendo Game Boy in 1989. The game was inspired by Pajitnov’s favorite childhood puzzle game that involved pentominoes. The disputes concerning the game’s copyright in the 1980s, which heavily involved Rogers, Atari, and Nintendo, attributed to its rise to prominence.