Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb and Carrie Underwood have signed on for the independent drama “Soul Surfer.”
The film will be a biopic on the teen surfing champ and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton, who defied all odds to compete and win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark attack at age 13.
The film will be directed by Sean McNamara and marks country music star Underwood’s bigscreen debut.
Quaid and Hunt play Hamilton’s parents, Robb will play Hamilton and Underwood will play a church youth leader. Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo have also been cast.
According to Variety, McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk wrote the screenplay.
Shooting began this week in Hawaii.
Douglas Schwartz, David Brookwell, McNamara and Roy Dutcher Hofstetter are producing. David Zelon, David Tice and Dominic Ianno will executive produce.