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Vernon Davis My Superhero Flick's A Finalist For HBO's 'Project Greenlight'

9/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT

Vernon Davis -- My Superhero Flick's A Finalist ... For HBO's 'Project Greenlight'

A superhero movie featuring NFL superstar Vernon Davis in the title role is a FINALIST for HBO's "Project Greenlight" show ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, the San Francisco 49ers star played Captain Torpedo in a recently produced short film by French Mustache ... a comedy production company.  

In the 2 minute and 4 second flick, Captain Torpedo finds himself in a tough situation ... being held captive by a deranged military guy with an inconsistent accent.  

SPOILER ALERT: The Capt. takes a slug to the dome. 

Turns out, the head producer behind the flick decided to enter the movie into the HBO competition -- famously started by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- and the movie made it all the way to the final 20. 

FYI -- the previous round contained 200 movies!  

If "Captain Torpedo" wins (based on voting on the official website with ends on 9/26), the filmmaker will get the chance to direct a real-life feature film.

It's huge for Davis -- considering the producers LOOOVE him and believe he can be a major Hollywood star one day. In fact, one of the producers tells us, "This is not the last we will see of Vernon Davis." 

Stay tuned ...

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