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After just over a month in theaters, Air landed on Prime Video on Friday (May 12). Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker and Jason Bateman star in the autobiographical sports drama that tells the story of how Nike courted Michael Jordan.
Apart from detailing Nike’s efforts in signing Jordan and creating the iconic Air Jordan 1, the movie shows how Jordan’s endorsement deal changed the game for athletes and for Nike. The film also does a good job of showcasing the role that Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan, played in securing the sneaker deal that helped her son become the world’s first billionaire athlete.
Affleck, who also directed the Amazon Studios film, portrays Nike founder Phil Knight. Damon and Bateman play former Nike executives Sonny Vaccaro and Rob Strasser, while Tucker Howard White, vice president of Jordan Brand.
Davis was personally selected by Jordan to play his mother. “He said, ‘Well, it has to be Viola Davis,” Affleck recalled during the film’s SXSW premiere. “I said, ‘That’s like saying can I play basketball on your court, and you say, yeah if you get Michael Jordan.’ Viola Davis is the best actor I have ever seen.”
The Oscar-winning actress stars alongside her real-life husband, Julius Tennon, who plays Jordan’s late father James R. Jordan. Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Mathew Mayer and Gustaf Skarsgård round out the cast.
Air shows the evolution of Nike and the Air Jordan brand, but audiences will only see archival clips of Jordan and glimpses of the character who plays him (Damian Delano Young). “Michael Jordan is so famous that I truly felt if we ever saw an actor playing [him] it would be hard to get the audience to suspend their disbelief, because, in my opinion, there’s no convincing anybody that someone who isn’t Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan. “We felt a more interesting way to tell the story would be for him to exist in the ether of the movie, ” Affleck shared last month, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Read on for ways to stream Air on Prime Video free.
How to Watch Air on Prime Video
Prime members can stream Air for free starting today. The movie will be located in the Prime Video homepage under “Prime Video Originals & Exclusives” as well as the homepage on the Amazon app and FireTV.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, click below to launch your 30-day free trial, so that you can stream Air and other movies and shows on Prime Video. Amazon Prime members get free access to Prime Video, free shipping on millions of items, a free subscription to GrubHub+ for a year and a bunch of other deals for the low price of $14.99/month (after the free trial ends). Additionally, Prime offers 50% discounts for eligible students and SNAP/Medicaid recipients.
Prime Video is also available as a standalone service for $9/month after a free trial for the first week. If you like variety, Prime Video is a good streaming choice. Between its huge selection of original programs and movies that you can buy or rent, Prime Video will keep you entertained for hours at a time.
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Watch the trailer for Air below.