Les Miles will debut in his first major role in feature film later this year, playing the character Billy in the upcoming film The Last Whistle.
The film will premier at the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth. The Last Whistle will be the festival's opening night film, which runs from Nov. 7-11.
The subject matter will be familiar to the former Oklahoma State and LSU head coach:
The Last Whistle tells the story of an all-star high school football player who collapses during practice. All eyes turn to the storied head coach (played by Friday Night Lights' BRAD LELAND), who tries to maintain the team's winning streak instead of healing the situation. The community turns against him, led by Miles’ character BILLY, leading to a lawsuit.
If the name Brad Leland doesn't ring a bell, his face will. Leland played Odessa Permian booster John Aubrey in the Friday Night Lights film and evolved that role into becoming Buddy Garrity in the TV series of the same name.
Miles has transitioned into acting and media ever since he was fired as LSU's head coach in 2016. In addition to hosting the "Les Is More" podcast for the Players Tribune, Miles has built a budding IMDb profile. He plays Nelson in the upcoming Challenger explosion drama Angry Men and is slated to play Doc in the film Escape 2120, which IMDb lists in pre-production.
Miles was a speaking extra in the 2017 film Camera Obscura and made a cameo in the 2014 film When the Game Stands Tall.
Miles also appears in ad campaigns for Dos Equis and Dr. Pepper for the 2018 football season.
"Les brought a degree of realism to this film not only with his performance, but also with his counsel, that only a legendary coach like him could provide," The Last Whistle director Rob Smat said. "He was a pleasure to work with, and I’m already looking forward to next time."
"You know, it’s a team pulling together and putting a great message on the screen, and you have to do your part. I really respect the job that these actors do. For them to portray reality and have the audience lose their place," Miles told the Baton Rouge Advocate in March. "In other words, (the audience) is not in the movie theater anymore — they’re really in the story."