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Moe Norman - What We Know So Far

On golf greens and clubhouses around the world, the name Moe Norman has a lot of weight to it. The born-and-bred Canadian golfer — often called "the best ball striker in the world" (via CBC Sports) — became known for his insanely accurate shots and unorthodox mannerisms beginning in the late 1950s. Winning many tournaments and accolades in Canada, he quickly became a legend both in his home country and the wider golf world (via Golf Monthly). While there have been a few documentaries about Norman, it's only now, 17 years after his death, that someone is making a biopic about him.

From producers David Carver, David Steinberg, and Robyn Todd, the upcoming Moe Norman biopic aims to share the intriguing and inspiring story of one of golf's most peculiar heroes. Though not much is currently known about the project, the film does have some interesting names — and a very interesting story — behind it. With all of that in mind, here is what we know so far about the release date, cast, and plot of the "Moe Norman" biopic.

What is the release date for Moe Norman?

At the current moment, there is no official release date for the "Moe Norman" biopic. According to Deadline, the film's script — written by Todd Korgan, Josh Schorr, and Mark Bergen, and revised by Joshua Michael Stern — has already been finished. Furthermore, the film is currently in the midst of the casting process, headed by Valorie Massalas. It is unknown when filming is scheduled to occur.

What this amounts to, unfortunately for all golf film enthusiasts, is that nobody knows when exactly "Moe Norman" will be released. The film still has a large chunk of pre-production to get through, along with production and post-production, and it's likely that the entire process will take at least one year to complete. Assuming all goes well, the film could come out in 2023 at the earliest, but it's more likely that "Moe Norman" will reach theaters in 2024 or later. Overall, we do not know enough about the film's production to make any solid predictions with specific dates.

Who is in the cast for Moe Norman?

Since the "Moe Norman" biopic is in the middle of casting, we still don't know who is going to appear in the film itself. However, that doesn't mean that the project doesn't have some important names attached to it. Though he may not be acting in the film, National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky is slated to work as a co-producer alongside his wife, actor-entrepreneur Janet Gretzky. Also executive producing are Robyn Todd ("Inside Comedy") and Emmy-winning TV show creator David Steinberg ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld").

Of the minds behind the "Moe Norman" film, however, it is primarily the brainchild of producer David Carver. "My 20-year quest to tell this story is fueled 98% by passion and persistence," Carver told Deadline. "Obtaining the exclusive support, trust, rights, unique stories and research of over 30 beneficiaries of Moe's estate and his family and closest friends was the foundation making this a great film that audiences will discover is not a story about golf ... it's a story about life."

What is the plot of Moe Norman?

Moe Norman was not your average golfer in any sense of the word. From his odd mannerisms, with many having speculated that Norman existed on the autism spectrum (via Golf Digest), right down to his style of dress and golf swing, nobody resembled him. However, oddness does not equate to ineffectiveness, and Norman's skills in golf made him a legend in the field. Now, with this biopic, the wider world will learn about Norman's inspiring, but often sad story.

Born in 1929, Norman began golfing at 11 years old, using a gnarled stick to practice his self-taught swing. According to CBC Sports, he had mastered his swing by the time he was 19, and in his adult life, he made a living selling the prizes he won from amateur golf tournaments. In 1955 and 1956, he won the Canadian Amateur title, and from there he began competing in American PGA events.

Unfortunately, his stint in the U.S. was short-lived as other golfers ridiculed him for his eccentricities. From then on, Norman rarely golfed outside of Canada. Still, his unique, "single plane" swing and dead-eye accuracy in the Canadian PGA earned him a reputation amongst golfers that has persisted for decades.