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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