February 06, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
American Idol season 4 winner, Carrie Underwood, can add another title to her resume: movie star! The country crooner and five-time Grammy winner just landed a supporting role in a moving new film. Keep reading to find out all the details about Underwood’s big screen debut…
American Idol alum, Carrie Underwood, is slated to appear in the upcoming inspirational film, Soul Surfer. The movie, which began filming in Hawaii this week, is the true story about Bethany Hamilton, the teenage champion surfer who suffered a shark attack that cost her an arm. Hamilton was only 13 when her left arm was severed by a 14-foot tiger shark. Despite these obvious major setbacks, she continued to have a positive outlook on life and returned to surfing competitively just a few short months after the traumatic accident.
Underwood will play a Christian youth group leader named Sarah Hill in the film.Â The American Idol star won’t be the only big celebrity in the film. The star-studded cast includes Academy Award winner, Helen Hunt, who will play Bethany’s mom, Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid playing Bethany’s father, and AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany.
Directed by Sean McNamara who helmed movies such as Raise Your Voice and The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold, the film will be Underwood’s first. No release date has been set for the film yet.
Underwood can be seen tomorrow night performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
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