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High school football coaches come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, but you know who would be the best at wrangling a bunch of teenage boys, no questions asked? Kurt Russell. I mean, he would be the best at pretty much anything, but somehow he seems perfectly suited to play a high school football coach, which is what makes Don Handfield's Touchback a perfect movie even before it starts filming.
Producers Freedom Films announced in a press release (via Coming Soon) that Russell has come on board to play Coach Hand, with Brian Presley in the lead role as a small-town farmer plagued by his past who is suddenly given the chance to do it all over again. It sounds like kind of a Freaky Friday-style wish fulfillment fantasy. Let the actual plot description explain it better than I can:
In Touchback, "Murphy," played by Brian Presley, is a down-on-his-luck small town farmer and volunteer fireman whose glorious high school football days were cut short when he was critically injured during a playoff game. He often wonders "what if" and then is unexpectedly thrust from the present day back to that fateful instant that changed his life forever. But this time around "Murphy" has the choice to decide if he wants the life he has or the life that could have been.
Rounding out the cast is Melanie Lynskey as the supportive wife figure, Christine Lahti as Murphy's mother, and Marc Blucas, Drew Powell, Sarah Wright, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Kevin Covais in undefined roles. FIlming starts this week around Grand Rapids, Michigan, meaning you don't have much time before you have to get used to calling Snake Plissken "Coach."