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Hollywood’s latest inspirational sports movie is bringing Luke Wilson to Fort Worth

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Actor Jimmy Stewart became so fond of Fort Worth that he, and his distinctive voice, narrated this 1977 promotional film “Fort Worth: The Unexpected City.”
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Actor Jimmy Stewart became so fond of Fort Worth that he, and his distinctive voice, narrated this 1977 promotional film “Fort Worth: The Unexpected City.”

Hollywood’s latest inspirational sports movie is set in the midst of the Great Depression. In an orphanage on a hilltop overlooking Fort Worth live 12 scrawny, underfed orphans. And it’s up to a Texas football coach to take this group of Mighty Mites and turn them into champions.

Based on the book “Twelve Mighty Orphans” by Jim Dent, the movie of the same name will star Luke Wilson as coach Rusty Russell, and it will begin filming in Fort Worth this fall.

Think “Little Giants” mixed with “Annie” and a dash of “Hoosier” thrown in.

Director Ty Roberts said that it was important to film the movie where it’s set.

“For me, there’s nothing more than authenticity in making a movie,” Roberts said in a statement. “Shooting in Fort Worth provides a foundation for us to build our film which allows our team to source everything as it was — from references, to historians to the real locations — all of this is invaluable to a period movie.”

Houston Hill and Brinton Bryan are producing the movie with locals Michael and Angelique De Luca. The producers are working with the Fort Worth Film Commission and Visit Fort Worth. Since last year, the producers have been scouting locations in here and in Weatherford.

Carla Jimenez covers breaking business news and commercial retail development. Born and raised in Euless, she took a detour in the Midwest for a few years, but she’s back in the land of football, barbecue and Dr Pepper.
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