Gerard Butler Exits Rehab: What's Next for the Actor
After successfully completing treatment for substance-abuse, Butler heads back to work on a slew of upcoming projects.
Gerard Butler is back.
The actor recently completed a "successful course of treatment" for substance-abuse issues "and has returned home in good health," a spokesperson confirmed to People. The news comes just three weeks after Butler checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic, since he had developed a reliance on prescription painkillers following a serious surfing injury.
The 42-year-old is back in action just in time for a slew of projects coming down the pipeline.
Currently in post-production, Butler has Relativity's Movie 43 -- a full length film comprised of several short comedic segments -- due out April 13. Butler appears along with an all-star ensemble cast, including Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Hugh Jackman, Josh Duhamel, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Uma Thurman, Justin Long, Naomi Watts and Chloe Grace Moretz, in the Patrik Forsberg-Peter Farrelly directed project.
Also in post-production is the Twentieth Century Fox sports drama Of Men and Mavericks, executive produced by Butler and based on the life of American surfer Jay Moriarity. It was while shooting this project that Butler was injured in late December. The film is scheduled for an October 26 release.
Next up is FilmDistrict's Playing the Field -- on which Butler served as a producer -- set for a Christmas Day release. The dramedy features Butler as a former pro athlete with a questionable past as he coaches his son's soccer team and engages in promiscuous activity with a slew of soccer moms. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid also star.
In addition to his 2012 film releases, Butler is currently signed on for a trio of projects in pre-production. He will reprise his voice role in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and take on two military-based features.
In Relativity's next Navy SEALs project, Hunter Killer, Butler will play Capt. Joe Glass opposite a rumored Sam Worthington, as the duo teams to rescue the Russian president from a rogue general. In Freedom Films' Thunder Run, which has yet to land a distributor in the U.S., Butler, Worthington and Matthew McConaughey will bring the bloody American capture of Baghdad during the Iraq war big screen.
Butler recently appeared in Relativity's Machine Gun Preacher, based on the life of biker-preacher-Sudanese-orphan-defender Sam Chiders. The film hit theaters on Sept. 23 and has grossed only $1.1 million. He also starred in the Weinstein Company's Coriolanus, which held a limited run in late January.
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