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https://deadline.com/2019/10/robert-duvall-martin-sheen-join-texas-football-tale-12-mighty-orphans-apocalypse-now-1202766215/

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 Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen have joined 12 Mighty Orphans, the drama that stars Luke Wilson as legendary Texas football coach Rusty Russell. Ty Roberts is directing from a script he wrote with Lane Garrison from the acclaimed book by Jim Dent.

At an orphanage perched atop a hill overlooking Fort Worth, Russell turned a scrawny band of 12 underdog castoff orphans into a team of fierce warriors that left their opponents bewildered and battered. In spite of being outweighed by at least thirty pounds per man, the youngsters become one of the toughest football team in Texas. They began with nothing―not even a football―yet Russell’s innovative offense helps lead the orphans to the state playoffs. At a time when America desperately needs fresh hope and big dreams, the Orphans prove that heart can triumph over great obstacles. Vinessa Shaw plays Rusty’s wife Juanita Russell, and Wayne Knight plays Frank Wynn, a man with a politician’s demeanor who runs the day-to-day operations of the orphanage but hides a darker nature.

Sheen is playing Doc Hall – a country doctor who has served the orphans for 30 plus years without ever taking a paycheck and who was responsible for bringing Russell to the orphanage and becomes his assistant football coach. Duvall plays Mason Hawk – a wise free mason and an orphan to boot, who instills wisdom in the Mighty Mites as to what being an orphan truly means.

Pic began production earlier this month in Forth Worth and wraps in time for Thanksgiving. 

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I remember finishing the book right before the 2008 RRS. That following Sunday, before we headed back to Houston, I convinced my ex wife to let me drive out to the campus. I remember taking some pretty cool pictures, but they were all lost. Thanks droid.
I’m excited about this movie.

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