Elisabeth Shue keeps it in the family

Indie distribution company Picturehouse has been shopping and has bought up the rights to Elisabeth Shue’s next film.

Gracie is based loosely on an event that happened in Shue’s own life. Set in 1978, the plot follows a teenage girl who wants to play on a boys’ football team after her champion player brother dies. Her struggle results in a chance for girls everywhere to compete in the sport.

Davis Guggenheim, who is at Cannes to promote his most recent film, the Al Gore-fronted environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth, is directing the film. He’s also Shue’s husband.

"Telling this story is very personal for us, but we know it has great life lessons and the chance to change minds and stir passions," Andrew Shue blabbed to Variety. He will play the soccer coach, and Carly Schroeder (last seen in Firewall) will play the central girl. Guggenheim will kick the film off this summer.