Bates slates 'Blind Side'


Kathy Bates has joined Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side," a sports dramedy that John Lee Hancock is directing for Alcon Entertainment.

Based on Michael Lewis' best-selling novel "The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game," the film tells the true story of Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in next month's NFL draft.

Bates will play a no-nonsense tutor Bullock hires to help raise Oher, a homeless black teen taken in by Bullock's well-to-do white family.

Gil Netter ("Marley & Me") will produce along with Alcon's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Alcon also is financing.

Bates, repped by ICM and the Susan Smith Co., worked with Alcon on "P.S. I Love You" and most recently appeared in "Revolutionary Road."