Travis Kelce's first film is premiering next month – here's what you need to know

Travis Kelce's first film is premiering next month – here's what you need to know

It's safe to say that Travis Kelce is dominating the headlines right now. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end – who, with his team, recently beat the San Francisco 49ers to win this year's Super Bowl – is not only dating the most famous woman in the world in Taylor Swift, but dipping his toe into the world of filmmaking, too.

The 34-year-old NFL star's first film will make its world premiere next month at cultural festival South by Southwest. Kelce is an executive producer and investor on My Dead Friend, which stars Morgan Freeman and has been described as a "war comedy-drama". It follows a female Afghanistan veteran, played by Parks and Recreation's Natalie Morales, who comes head-to-head with her Vietnam veteran grandfather (Westworld’s Ed Harris) at the family’s ancestral lake house.

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Kelce and Swift (pictured here after Kelce’s Super Bowl win) are currently one of the worldEzra Shaw - Getty Images

Kelce is also helping to finance a second film: the Jean-Michel Basquiat documentary, King Pleasure, which is set to be helmed by Quinn Wilson, the former creative director for Lizzo, and is being made with the cooperation of the late artist’s estate.

While Kelce may be most famous for his performance on the football field (and as Swift's other half, of course) this is not his first foray into Hollywood. In March 2023, he hosted Saturday Night Live, an experience which he described as opening up a "new happiness" for him.

"I've been fortunate to do a few things outside of the sports world that I've been enjoying doing, like getting on camera," Kelce said last month, as he reassured reporters that he would keep playing for the Chiefs in 2024. "The [Saturday Night Live] stuff kind of opened up a new happiness and maybe a new career path for me. But it's funny for me to even say that at this point in my career. I think it's so much further down the road than it is right now."

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The pair are both exploring film options to take their careers in different directionsGotham - Getty Images

Kelce's girlfriend is no stranger to filmmaking herself: in 2022, it was announced that Swift would be making her directorial debut with a Searchlight Pictures film, for which she would be writing an original script – we're yet to hear more. She also directed the 14-minute All Too Well: The Short Film, starring Sadie Sink and inspired by her song of the same name, which had special screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

They've undoubtedly conquered the sporting and music worlds. Could Taylor and Travis now be set to become Hollywood's next power couple? Only time will tell...

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