Thomas Haden Church, Jay Hernandez Joining MGM's 'Max' (Exclusive)

Jay Hernandez and Thomas Haden Church
Jay Hernandez and Thomas Haden Church
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Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez are in negotiations to join the cast of Max, a canine family adventure from MGM.

Boaz Yakin co-wrote the script and is directing the picture, which is due to begin shooting in May in North Carolina. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing.

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Inspired by true events, the plot tells of a military dog who is traumatized by his handler’s death in Afghanistan and is adopted by the soldier's bereaved family. He bonds with the soldier’s troubled 14-year-old brother, and together, they begin to heal one another and discover a secret about the soldier’s death. Sheldon Lettich co-wrote the script.

Josh Wiggins is already set as the boy and Church will play the tough father, who is a former Marine and idolized his older son. Hernandez will play a Marine who is also a dog trainer.

Church co-stars in Heaven Is for Real, Sony’s faith-based drama that opens Wednesday. He is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Hernandez recently did a stint on ABC’s Nashville and co-stars in Fox’s Gang Related. Hernandez is repped by Paradigm, Alchemy Entertainment and Fuller Downs.

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