Michelle Rodriguez Joins Donald Sutherland in 'Milton's Secret' Film Adaptation

Michelle Rodriguez at Versace Couture Show - H 2015
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Michelle Rodriguez at Versace Couture Show - H 2015

The 'Furious 7' star boards the big-screen treatment of Eckhart Tolle's children's novel.

Michelle Rodriguez has joined Donald Sutherland as one of the stars of the upcoming film adaptation of Milton's Secret, based on the children's novel by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman.

Rodriguez will play a school teacher lifting the spirits of the film's central character, Milton, a young boy played by William Ainscough, who is bullied by fellow students. Sutherland will play Milton's grandfather, who helps the young boy discover that his obsession with his preteen fears will prevent him from finding true happiness.

The ensemble cast includes David Sutcliffe, Mia Kirshner (The L Word), Sheila McCarthy and Hays Wellford. Barnet Bain is directing Milton's Secret, which is produced by Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films and is shooting in Hamilton, Ontario until the end of October.

Rodriguez stars in Universal’s blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise after her breakout role in the 2000 indie boxing drama Girlfight. Her other movie credits include Resident Evil, Blue Crush, S.W.A.T., Avatar and Machete.

Stephen Huszar, Ryan Lockwood, Sean Buckley and Fred Fuchs share producer credits on Milton's Secret. The long-gestating coming-of-age film project started with Bain acquiring the screen rights to Tolle's first work of fiction after the publication of his best-selling nonfiction books The Power of Now and A New Earth.

With Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra among his fans, Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author whose work has been read in 40 languages and 100 countries worldwide.