Lionsgate lands Zachary Levi to lead The Unbreakable Boy
After already landing the Shazam! star to star as Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner in the in-development biopic American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story, Lionsgate has tapped Zachary Levi to lead the cast for the upcoming drama The Unbreakable Boy.
Written and directed by Jon Gunn (I Still Believe), the story is based upon the true story and book of the same name from Scott M. LeRette with Susy Flory. The official logline for the film is as follows:
You’ve never met a kid like Austin. He’s not just one in a million… he’s one in four billion – the odds of being born with both a rare brittle-bone disease and autism. But what makes Austin truly unique is his joyous, funny, life-affirming worldview that transforms and unites everyone around him – especially his dad, Scott (Zachary Levi), who changes his life as he comes to see Austin not as the symbol of something broken, but the triumph of an indestructible spirit. To meet Austin is to know that being “unbreakable” is not about physical strength, but inner strength. It’s about embracing love and grace, even in the most trying times.
The Erwin Brothers (I Can Only Imagine, I Still Believe) are attached to produce the project alongside Kevin Downes via their Kingdom Story Company production banner and Jerilyn Esquibel and Peter Facinelli. Kingdom Story Company is also set to produce the Levi-led Kurt Warner biopic at Lionsgate, which will begin production sometime next year after production wraps on Unbreakable Boy.
In addition to the Warner biopic and Unbreakable Boy, Levi is currently prepping to reprise his role as the titular DC Comics hero in the highly-anticipated Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which is currently slated for a June 2, 2023 release by Warner Bros.
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