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Production Has Begun on We Are Marshall, Based on a True Story

Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, and David Strathairn Set to Star


April 6, 2006 - Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced that production has begun on the dramatic movie, We Are Marshall, based on the true story of the aftermath of the plane crash that killed Marshall University football players, coaches and fans. McG (Charlie's Angels) is set to direct the film. Jaime Linden wrote the screenplay which is based on a story by Linden and Cory Helms.

People magazine's 2005 Sexiest Man Alive Matthew McConaughey stars as Marshall University Coach Jack Lengyel, the man who lead the University and town from tragedy to triumph. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) is onboard as the president of Marshall University. Lost hottie Matthew Fox plays assistant coach Red Dawson. Dawson was scheduled to be aboard the plane that crashed but gave up his seat to a member of the Marshall squad. Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara have co-starring roles in We Are Marshall.

The behind the scenes team includes producers Basil Iwanyk and McG. Brent O'Connor, Thomas Tull, Scott Mednick and Jeanne Allgood are executive producing. Shane Hurlbut is the director of photography and the production designer is Tom Meyer. Mark Ellis (The Longest Yard) will choreograph the football action.

Filming will take place on location in West Virginia as well as in and around Atlanta. Warner Bros plans on releasing We Are Marshall on December 6, 2006.

We Are Marshall - The Official Synopsis
We Are Marshall tells an inspiring true story set in Huntington, West Virginia, a small town steeped in the rich tradition of college football. For decades, players, coaches, fans and families have come together to cheer on Marshall University's "Thundering Herd." For this team and this community, Marshall football is more than just a sport, it's a way of life. But on a fateful night in 1970, while traveling back to Huntington after a game in North Carolina, 75 members of Marshall's football team and coaching staff were killed in a plane crash.

As those left behind struggled to cope with the devastating loss of their loved ones, the grieving families found hope and strength in the leadership of Jack Lengyel, a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall's football program and in the process helped to heal a community.

Source: Warner Bros Pictures

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