MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions is bringing a new family movie inspired by true events to Charlotte, North Carolina, as Max begins filming this month, with director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls, Safe) set to helm the drama, and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Band Santa) rounding out the cast.
Graham will play a mother who has lost her older son while he was serving in Afghanistan and must now heal her traumatized 14-year-old younger son, played by newcomer Josh Wiggins.
Inspired by true events, Max tells the story of a Belgian Shepherd working in Afghanistan alongside Marines. When his handler is killed, the man’s devastated family adopts the dog — erratic and still suffering from the traumas of war — who ends up bonding with and helping their troubled 14-year-old son, Justin (Wiggins).
Thomas Haden Church (Spider-man 3) will play the tough father, who is a former Marine and idolized his older son, while Jay Hernandez (Hostel, Grindhouse) will play a Marine who is also a dog trainer.
Max will begin production on May 5 and wrap around June 20 in the Charlotte area.
Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) will write and direct the film.
Wiggins is currently earning raves for his performance in Hellion and he will soon be seen in the thriller Lost in the Sun.
Max will arrive in theaters in 2015.
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