‘Wizards Of Waverly Place’s David Henrie Joins ‘Men Of Granite’

David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) is negotiating to join the cast of the basketball film Men Of Granite, joining Shirley MacLaine in the film based on a true story about a bunch of poor immigrant kids — Armenian, Macedonian, Yugoslavian and Hungarian — who triumph over small-town bigotry to win the 1940 state basketball championship. The film, which is currently completing financing, will shoot in Granite City, IL, a steel town across from St. Louis not far from the Mississippi River. I grew up there and went to school with the sons and daughters of the original basketball team, and in that city, the story is legendary; it did, in fact, change perceptions and undermine bigotry.

Henrie steps into the role of Evon Parseghian, one of the basketball players who is very poor, movie-star handsome and a helluva flirt. He sets his sights on a girl from the good side of the tracks (much to her father’s chagrin). William Hurt has expressed interest in playing the basketball coach. (more…)

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