EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger has boarded Paramount’s faith-based drama Same Kind Of Different As Me, adapted from the 2006 nonfiction best-seller about the unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore. Introduced by Hall’s wife Deborah, the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering. Their self-published book Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together was picked up by Thomas Nelson and went on to hit No. 8 on the New York Times bestseller list. Zellweger will play Deborah, whose higher calling to serve others brought Hall and Moore together before she succumbed to cancer in 2000.
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The project is in the works at Paramount with Mary Parent producing alongside Darren Moorman (Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, Unconditional), a former exec at faith-based Sky Angel. Michael Carney is directing.
Zellweger next appears opposite Keanu Reeves in The Whole Truth, from director Courtney Hunt. She’s repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.
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