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Gerard Butler to Star in Mavericks

By February 11, 2011

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Gerard Butler photoDeadline's reporting Gerard Butler has landed one of the lead roles in the surf movie, Mavericks, based on the life of Jay Moriarity. Moriarity drowned while free-diving the day before his 23rd birthday, however Surfline says his reputation as a surfer and a positive human being will live forever. "His much-heralded big-wave exploits and longboard expertise only dabble the first few brushstrokes of a life lived as a masterpiece," says Jason Borte in a November 2001 Surfline article.

Butler, according to Deadline, will be playing Rick "Frosty" Hesson, a former lifeguard and collegiate swimmer who was a mentor of Moriarity's. Hesson helped train Moriarity, coaching him on how to handle the big waves at the Northern California surf spot, Mavericks. Sean Penn and Russell Crowe had been previously mentioned as being interested in playing Frosty.

The project's set up at Walden Media (Butler did Nim's Island for WM) with Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, In Her Shoes) directing from a script by Brandon Hooper.

Butler has Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus hitting theaters this year. He'll be shooting Playing the Field, a pee wee soccer comedy, before working on Mavericks.

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February 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(1) Wideshot says:

I think they’d better have Peter Mel vet the script first…

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