Voight tackles star ‘Varsity Blues’ role

Oscar-winner to play coach in Par/MTV Films pic

Jon Voight will star in Paramount and MTV Films’ high-school football comedy “Varsity Blues,” which begins lensing April 17.

The Oscar-winning actor will play a revered coach in the Brian Robbins-helmed pic about a Texas town obsessed with its high school football team.

“Blues” is produced by Tova Laiter and Mike Tollin. MTV Films’ president David Gale is exec producing.

Voight received best actor nominations for his work in “Midnight Cowboy” (1969) and “Runaway Train” (1985). He won an actor Oscar for the 1978 film “Coming Home.”

Last year was one of the businest in Voight’s three-decade career. He appeared in “Rosewood,” “Anaconda,” “Most Wanted” “U-Turn” and “John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker.”

Voight’s upcoming roles include “Enemy of the State,” with Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and John Boorman’s “I Once Had a Life” (aka “The General”).

Voight was repped in the deal by CAA’s Martin Baum.

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