If you’re an actor looking for the Academy to pay attention to you, get yourself in a role that has a disability attached to an uplifting story and you’re in. That’s exactly what AnnaSophia Robb is doing here, stepping into the lead role for Soul Surfer, according to Variety.

The film chronicles the storied life of young surfer Bethany Hamilton, who at the age of 13 lost her arm to a shark attack, only to go on to win professional surfing championships with her lopsided upper body. Also starring is Dennis Quaid, coming off his critical smash Legion (/sarcasm), the always lovely Helen Hunt, and last but certainly not least, Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo, because what’s he been doing lately? American Idol singer Carrie Underwood will appear as well.

Robb’s acting chops have yet to have been given a real test, but this could be her time to shine in a lead. Bridge to Terabithia was a solid movie that she helps carry, and she’s unforgettable as Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so this 16-year-old blonde may just be on the verge of breaking out of Dakota Fanning’s shadow. Soul Surfer is currently filming in Hawaii.

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