BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana State University, along with Mike the Tiger, will star in a new scripted film called, The Mascot, that will begin production this fall.

According to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, the film will be about a high-school quarterback who loses his LSU football scholarship and “has to save face and seek redemption in college by doing something he never imagines, which is becoming the mascot.”

The director, Matthew Perkins, plans to cast current student-athletes who will be compensated through name, image, and likeness deals that the National Collegiate Athletic Association recently began allowing.

“A personal dream of mine would be to do a screening in Tiger Stadium,” Perkins says.

Casey Cott, best known for his role in The CW Network’s Riverdale, is set to star. The rest of the cast remains under wraps, though Perkins plans to include current football players and other athletes. 

Perkins will be in town this week to scout locations. If all goes well, the movie will be released in theaters late next year before a home release through a streaming service, he says. 

The film is based partly on Perkins’ experience as the mascot for the University of Georgia from 2002 to 2005. He says he pitched the idea to officials there first, but there was “too much red and black tape” to film there.