The Woodlawn High School football team of Birmingham, Alabama, underwent a spiritual awakening in the 1970s, leading them to battle racial prejudice and hatred. Now, audiences everywhere will see their story as Woodlawn hits theaters on October 16, 2015, thanks to a partnership among Pure Flix (God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe), the Erwin brothers (Mom’s Night Out, October Baby), and Provident Films (Fireproof, Courageous).
The story of this team’s “heart transplant” will culminate in the most important football game ever played in Birmingham, and depict the rise of Birmingham’s first African American superstar and future Miami Dolphins running back, Tony Nathan. The film is written by the Erwin Brothers who also directed; Kevin Downes (Lost Medallion, Like Dandelion Dust) is the producer. Together, they have assembled a cast that includes Jon Voight, Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, C. Thomas Howell, and newcomer Caleb Castille.
For fans wanting a look at legendary Alabama Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant, Voight will be stalking the sidelines as the man himself. Nic Bishop will play Woodlawn’s coach Tandy Gerelds, Astin will play the chaplain and counselor to the team, Hank Erwin, and Castille will play the running back, Nathan.
Pure Flix’s founder, David A.R. White says, “We are thrilled to be working with the Erwins and producer, Kevin Downes, on Woodlawn, as we are dedicated supporters of their work, and believe this film fits with their talents, and Pure Flix’s mission in terms of film content and quality. This opportunity also creates a great partnership to work with Provident Films, who has been a consistently successful player in theatrical faith movies over the past decade.”
Stay tuned for more details about this thrilling true story, and check out the trailer below!