EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Laval won the title role in The Unbreakable Boy and joined previously announced star Zachary Levi in the inspirational drama from Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate. Meghann Fahy, Peter Facinelli, Drew Powell, Pilot Bunch and Emmy-winning Patricia Heaton will also star in the film, which will be written and directed by Jon Gunn.
The film is based on the novel The Unbreakable Boy: A Father’s Fear, A Son’s Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love by Scott M. LeRette. It revolves around Austin (Laval), who was born with both rare brittle bone disease and autism. What really makes Austin unique is his joyful, fun, life-affirming worldview that changes and unites everyone around him – especially his father Scott (Levi), who changes his life when he doesn’t see Austin as a symbol of something broken. but the triumph of an indestructible spirit.
Zachary Levi joins the Lionsgate & Kingdom Story Company film “The Unbreakable Boy”
Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin and Kevin Downes will be producing through their Kingdom Story Company banner with Jerilyn Esquibel and Facinelli who selected the book as an option and brought it to Kingdom Story. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa oversee Lionsgate.
Laval, whose credits include HBO’s The Plot Against America and Jessica Jones, is re-signed by Take 3 Talent. Fahy, best known for starring in Freeform’s hit series The Bold Type and also alongside Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane, is being repeated by Paradigm and Anonymous. Facinelli, best known for his roles on the Twilight series and sister Jackie, wrote, directed and most recently produced The Vanished with Thomas Jane, Anne Heche and Jason Patric. His upcoming film projects, repeated by Mainstay Entertainment and A3 Artists Agency, include The Ravine and 13 Minutes.
Powell starred in Fox’s Gotham series and repeats himself in the upcoming CBS All Access drama series Coyote. Its representatives are Artists & Representatives and Untitled Entertainment. Bunch, again from Untitled Entertainment and People Store Agency. He recently appeared on HBO’s The Outsiders and appeared on Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Heaton, a two-time Emmy winner for her appearance on Everybody Loves Raymond, is with UTA, Vault Entertainment, and Skrzyniarz & Mallean. Her credits also include starring in ABC’s long-running series The Middle and CBS sitcom Carol’s Second Act.