EXCLUSIVE: William Hurt has been set to star opposite Helen Hunt in Live Like Line, the inspirational sports movie about a girls volleyball team trying to win against all odds. The film rejoins the actor with director Sean McNamara as they just completed The King’s Daughter (aka The Moon & The Sun) together. McNamara is directing Line with a script by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and revisions by Elissa Matsueda (Spare Parts).
Shooting on the new film will begin in early August in Vancouver.
The film chronicles Iowa City’s West High School girls volleyball team and its improbable run to the state championship under the guidance of their tough-love coach Kathy Bresnahan (Hunt). After the death of their star player Caroline “Line” Found (Danika Yarosh), Kelly (Erin Moriarty) must move past the loss of her best friend and fill Caroline’s role as team captain and playmaker.
Hurt will play Caroline’s father who, after his daughter’s death and the death of his wife 10 days later, finds himself reeling. It is because of his strong faith and support from the community that he gets back on his feet and begins helping his daughter’s best friend and the rest of her teammates to once again find inspiration.
LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell is fully financing and Liddell is producing with Pete Shilaimon and Scott Holroyd. Apex Entertainment’s Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes are also producing. LD Entertainment’s Jennifer Monroe is executive producing. Charles Rapp is line producing.
LD’s upcoming releases include the World War II thriller Anthropoid starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan; Jackie, the Natalie Portman-starrer about First Lady Jackie Kennedy; The Zookeeper’s Wife starring Jessica Chastain; The Jacob’s Ladder remake starring Michael Ealey; and the Megan Leavey biopic Leavey, starring Kate Mara.
Apex is currently in prep on Chappaquiddick which it is fully financing and stars Jason Clarke; it will be directed by John Curran and will start principal photography in Boston in early September.
Hurt, who was last seen in Captain America: Civil War and will next be seen in the new Amazon series Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, is repped by ICM Partners. McNamara and Cohen are both repped by APA.