Rangers legend Gazza will have his life story turned into a new film - and the lead role could go to a Game of Thrones star. 

The new biopic, which has a working title 30 Years of Hurt, will be made by UK and Norwegian production company 16:02 Films.

They hope after watching the film, audiences will understand the events that shaped Paul Gascoigne, 52, into the man he is today and the footballing legend he was in his prime. The footballer played for Glasgow Rangers at the height of his career during the 90s. 

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Norwegian writer and director Tom Storvik is helming the project alongside Newcastle based producer Chris Ward, who will lead the day to day activities leading up to production.

The casting process is underway, and a premiere of the film is expected in time for the 2020 European Championship of Football.

Tom said: “It is a great honour to be given the chance to tell Paul's story to the world, he has led a rich life full of highs and lows, sadness and happiness, hardships and successes – and it's been a great journey piecing together a story that will give the audience feelings of joy, sadness and compassion.

"It is a heavy cross to bear to ensure that the film will do Paul justice, and I am truly honoured that I have been given the chance and trust by Paul to do so.

"Growing up, he was one of my first footballing idols, and it's a surreal thought to think that after watching Euro ‘96 I'd be sat here 23 years later making a movie based on his life.”

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Paul added: "It's not easy being Gazza, but thanks to the love and support from the fans, I'm still kicking! I want this film to tell them my story...of how it was, is and will be!"

It is hoped that a Game of Thrones star could potray the actor in the film although the producer Chris Ward remains tight-lipped about who it could be.

He said: "We already know in our hearts who the first choice actors and actresses will be for the key stages in Paul’s life; we are already engaging in conversations with the representatives of our first choices. The actor we want to portray Paul has been in the forefront of our minds ever since we first witnessed his acting prowess on Game of Thrones.

"As a Geordie and lifelong Newcastle fan I know we must do this great story justice. To ensure this, we’re working on structuring a cast of well established names and up and coming talents. The most prominent roles will be portrayed by new talent, as not to overshadow the very real persons they are portraying."

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Among the other actors already cast is a Norwegian actress, Amalie Olufsen, set to portray Paul's ex-wife Sheryl Gascoigne.

She said: “I am beyond happy with the faith and belief put into me by the director and the rest of the creative team. I am looking forward to doing Sheryl justice and showcasing her side of the story on screen.”

Stig Frode Henriksen, known from Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, have also joined the project in a currently undisclosed role.

30 Years of Hurt is scheduled to enter production in London, Newcastle and Rome in October/November 2019.