Josh Wiggins has nabbed a lead role in MGM‘s Max, the family adventure film being directed by Boaz Yakin. The original pic is inspired by true events. A Belgian Shepherd working in Afghanistan alongside Marines returns from service after his handler is killed. The man’s devastated family adopts the dog — erratic and still suffering from the traumas of war — who ends up bonding with and helping their troubled 14-year-old son, Justin (Wiggins). Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death and pull the family together again. Production is expected to start in May in North Carolina. Wiggins, repped by UTA and Leverage Management, starred in the Sundance family drama Hellion opposite Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis. That pic was acquired by Sundance Selects after it premiered at this year’s fest.