Aaron Eckhart will star in My All American, based on the true story of Freddie Steinmark. Steinmark, who will be played by Finn Wittrock, is famous for his standout performance on Texas's 1969 team, until a trip to the hospital for a bone bruise revealed a cancerous tumor. Doctors were forced to amputate his leg, ending his football career. The disease continued to progress, and Steinmark died two years later. Eckhart will play UT coach Darrell Royal.
The film is being directed by Angelo Pizzo, who wrote Hoosiers and Rudy. The film is being funded primarily by Austin gas and oil magnate Bud Brigham. And if you're a fan of movies like this one, you're in luck -- it looks like Brigham is interested in making more:
He started Anthem Productions, a company that will get more involved in funding and producing movies, particularly those films that bring a wholesome and inspiring message to the screen. “This is such a remarkable story and movies like this perform so well,” he said. “The market seems hungry for true, positive and inspirational dramas.”
Shooting begins on location in Austin next month.