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Tom Shadyac is directing the feature, making it his first directorial project since 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2007’s Evan Almighty. Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear are also among the cast, and Doug Atchison wrote the script. The project was originally incubated through Amy Baer’s development fund Gidden Media, and Baer will produce alongside ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson. Banks, Justin Brooks and Neil Strum are executive producers.
Brian Banks centers on the titular high-school football player who was committed to USC by his junior year. His life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, he was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. With the help of the California Innocence Project, his conviction was overturned in 2012 and he achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason squad in 2013.
Dupont will portray the role of Alissa Bjerkhoel, a junior lawyer at the California Innocence Project who, along with other associates, finds Brian’s long, handwritten letter in the mailroom and becomes deeply committed to his cause.
Dupont, who starred in the ABC Family’s hit series Greek, most recently had a recurring role on the TNT series Murder in the First, and has also appeared on various shows including Anger Management, Mom and The Big Bang Theory. She has also been seen in the films One Night with the King, The Work and the Glory and Cheaper by the Dozen. She is repped by APA and Good Fear Management.
Sept. 28, 8:15 a.m. A previous version incorrectly stated the name of the film. THR regrets the error.
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