Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) is set to play the lead in the underdog sports film, Crooked Arrows. The film which is set in the world of lacrosse is being directed by Steve Rash (Can't Buy Me Love) from a script by Todd Baird. The story follows "a rag-tag Native American high school lacrosse team that is forced to join the local prep school league, which is comprised of better trained and equipped rivals."
Routh will play "the tribal chairman's part-Native American entrepreneurial son who is tasked with coaching the reservation's motley lacrosse team in the hopes that he'll reconnect with his fellow tribe members. An unlikely and uplifting journey to the prep league's championship game ensues."
Crooked Arrows is being produced by J. Todd Harris and Mitchell Peck, while Sports Studio (Miracle) will co-produce and oversee casting authentic atheletes, outfitting and choreography. Reebok has signed on as the first corporate sponsor of the film. Filming begins in Boston this July. Open casting was held at the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four in Baltimore, with Roth in attendance.
Routh's ancestors hail from the Kickapoo Tribe. Here is what he had to say about the project:
"I was moved by the script. While it has all the ingredients of a classic underdog sports movie, it actually appealed to me on a deeper level. I think the father-son and brother-sister dynamics of the story are compelling, as is [the] more spiritual Native American aspect."
Routh just finished shooting the indie Missing William, which co-stars his wife, Courtney Ford. He was last seen in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, which bombed theatrically. I enjoy some sports related films, but am not a huge fan of Lacrosse.
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