Variety says that Kathy Bates will star in football drama The Blind Side opposite Sandra Bullock with John Lee Hancock directing from his own script.
Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment is financing and producing. Gil Netter’s producing along with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove while Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Tim Bourne will executive produce.
The project is based on “The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game,” by Michael Lewis, and follows Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He was homeless as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do family.
Bates will play a no-nonsense tutor who is hired by the matriarch of the household, portrayed by Bullock.