Sandra Bullock joins 'Blindside' team

Sports drama based on Michael Lewis novel

Sandra Bullock is set to star in "The Blindside," a sports dramedy John Lee Hancock is directing for Alcon Entertainment.

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

Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Lewis, "The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game," "Blindside" tells the true story of football player Michael Oher, who is projected to be one of the first players selected in this year's NFL draft.

Oher was a homeless black teen from a broken home who was taken in by a well-to-do white family that saw extraordinary promise in him. Oher, however, faced a new set of obstacles once in his new environment. Bullock will play Leigh Anne Touhy, the affluent matriarch of the conservative suburban household that takes in Oher.

Hancock ("The Rookie") wrote the adaptation.

Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Tim Bourne are executive producing.

Bullock, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, next appears in "The Proposal," the Touchstone comedy which co-stars Ryan Reynolds, followed by "All About Steve" from 20th Century Fox.

Hancock, repped by CAA, last wrote and directed "The Alamo" He also directed "The Rookie" starring Dennis Quaid.