A new venture for Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird

Their production company is delivering the queer content we've been waiting for.

A new venture for Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird

Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird have launched their production company, A Touch More.

Their first project involves adapting the lesbian novel Cleat Cute into a television series.

Cleat Cute is a contemporary queer romance novel released in 2023, written by Meryl Wilsner. The story follows the journey of two young soccer players - Grace and Phoebe.

Grace Henderson has been a star of the US Women’s National Team for ten years, even though she’s only 26. But when she’s sidelined with an injury, a bold new upstart, Phoebe Matthews, takes her spot. 22-year-old Phoebe is everything Grace isn’t—a gregarious jokester who plays with a joy that Grace lost somewhere along the way. The last thing Grace expects is to become teammates with benefits with this class clown she sees as her rival.

“Having spent most of our lives on teams, we want to celebrate the ways in which relationships, both romantic and platonic, are organically created through sports..." said Bird and Rapinoe. "Cleat Cute will not shy away from the messiness, occasional frustration, and undeniable beauty that come with loving the game and the players within it.”

Who are Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird?

During her professional soccer career, Megan Rapinoe has garnered several achievements, including being a two-time World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist. In 2019, she was honoured as the Women’s Player of the Year by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Sue Bird also boasts an impressive athletic resume. Bird has five Olympic gold medals, a feat accomplished by only two basketball players. She has also secured four WNBA titles and became the first WNBA player to win championships in four different decades (2004, 2010, 2018, and 2020).

The release date and cast for the TV adaptation of Cleat Cute has yet to be announced. 

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