Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig are all set to star in the football pic “When the Game Stands Tall” at Mandalay and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
Based on Neil Hayes’ book, the story follows a visionary De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis).
The pair took the Concord, Calif., Spartans prep team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak from 1992-2003 that shattered all records for consecutive victories in any American sport.
Dern will play Ladouceur’s wife, Ludwig will play the Spartans’ standout running back Chris Ryan.
Scott Marshall Smith adapted the screenplay, while Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) directs and David Zelon (“Soul Surfer”) produces. Shooting begins this week in New Orleans.