If you're a fan of films that are sure to make you cry, you may want to add this one to your list. Actor Zachary Levi, (The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Shazam), has landed the lead role in the film adaptation of the highly acclaimed book, The Unbreakable Boy. The inspirational family drama follows the story of Austin, a boy with both rare brittle-bone disease and autism, with Levi set to play his father.
Despite Austin's difficult circumstances, his truly unique, joyous, funny, life-affirming worldview has the ability to inspire and transform the people around him, including his father. Austin's unwavering courage and determination lead his father to see him as a reminder of his indestructible spirit, rather than an extension of his illness.
The film will enter production shortly, under the Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate banner. Written and directed by Jon Gunn – the co-writer and executive producer of the recent film I Still Believe – and produced by dynamic film duo, The Erwin Brothers (Jon and Andrew Erwin), the film is said to begin filming in the American city of Oklahoma.
The Unbreakable Boy is his third project Levi has signed with Lionsgate recently, following the successful release of Shazam and Chuck. He is also set to star alongside Cole Sprouse in the upcoming musical Undercover and is set to play NFL MVP and Hall of Fame recipient, Kurt Warner in the biopic American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story.
His schedule is filled to say the least, but his role in The Unbreakable Boy will offer us the opportunity to see Levi in a different light. While we wait for more details on the upcoming film, we'll be taking the chance to get better acquainted with Levi's latest character.