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February 8, 2010

Filming Begins on Soul Surfer in Hawaii

True story of Christian surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark attack

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An A-list cast including Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, and AnnaSophia Robb began principal shooting last week in Hawaii for Soul Surfer, the true story of Christian surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark attack at the age of 13.

Quaid and Hunt will play Bethany's parents, while Robb will play the young surfer in the film, slated for a 2011 release. Robb (Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn-Dixie, Race to Witch Mountain) is wearing a green sleeve on her left arm, which will be digitally removed for the film. The cast also includes star singer Carrie Underwood (as a church youth leader) in her film debut, plus Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine Nicholson (as one of Bethany's friends) and Kevin Sorbo (as Holt Blanchard). Sean McNamara will direct.

Press materials say the film will chronicle "the rise of a promising young athlete, a debilitating tragedy and one of the greatest sports comebacks ever," Hamilton first competed as a surfer at the age of 8, and was on her way to stardom when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark in 2003 while surfing off Kauai's North Shore.

"Losing more than half her blood, yet miraculously surviving, Bethany was now living without a left arm. The determination to pursue her dream, however, had not been taken away. She was back in the water a month later, learning to paddle with one arm and to find her balance on the surfboard. . . . Two summers later Bethany took first place in the NSSA National Championships, [and in] 2008, Bethany began competing full-time in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series." Here's some footage of her at a recent pro event.

Comments

Soul Surfer is really good,appreciating the environment especially the ocean.Surfing is a passion,sport,hobby and discovery that there's a lot more in his world.

I hope they don't bring too much negative light on sharks and focus on her story more! Well I love the story, I mean Hamilton's story is incredible. I would be terrified to go back into the water but she is brave. I love the cast: Quaid, Robb, Hunt. But the trailer was nothing but some screen shots that told us nothing. I was hoping for a better look at the acting and such. I didn't care for the trailer but who knows, maybe it will turn out as a decent inspirational movie.

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