EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winning actress Shirley MacLaine is negotiating to star in Men Of Granite. The project, based on the book of the same name, is the true story of how a group of poor, immigrant high school boys rose above bigotry in a small town in Illinois by proving themselves on the basketball court to become the 1940 state champions.
MacLaine would play the role of Sophia Prather, a schoolteacher who watches over her “boys of Lincoln Place” (the name of the poor area) with a steely eye, takes no guff and prods the boys into getting out of their broken-down neighborhood gymnasium and onto the high school court. By mentoring, encouraging and helping to pave the way for these downtrodden boys, she firmly believes that she is doing God’s work. Prather stands up for the boys against the bigotry of the time as most of them were Slavic and Eastern European. She was a true champion in making these kids rise above their circumstances.