Hunger Games star Donald Sutherland is set to join another YA film, this time the coming-of-age indie drama MEASURE OF A MAN. An adaptation of Robert Lipsyte’s beloved novel One Fat Summer, the pic will also star Maze Runner actor Blake Cooper in the lead role. Jim Loach is directing from a script penned by A Single Man scribe David Scearce.
Set in the 1970’s, Measure Of A Man centers on overweight, self-conscious teen Bobby (Cooper) whose life is changed one summer with the help of a mentor figure. Sutherland will play Dr. Kahn, the Wall Street exec who recognizes potential in the boy and gives him a job on his estate, instilling in him the value of hard work, confidence, and self-respect. In turn, the doctor finds himself an unexpected friend who helps him come to terms with his past losses.
Taylor Lane Productions’ principal Christian Taylor is producing, while Great Point Media’s Jim Reeves and Robert Halmi executive produce. Great Point is fully financing the film, along with Weedon Media. Scearce will also executive produce.
Back in 2013, Riley Griffiths, Madisen Beaty, and Christina Hendricks were attached to star, but have since vacated the project. Sutherland and Cooper join Judy Greer, Luke Wilson, Beau Knapp, Liana Liberato, Sam Keeley, Danielle Rose Russell, and Luke Benward in the cast.
Sutherland can next be seen this Fall in the final Hunger Games installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, which bows this November. He’ll also suit up for the Demi Moore western Forsaken and star opposite Brie Larson in Basmati Blues. In the pipeline, he’ll voice a character in the animated adventure Pirate’s Passage, a film which he’ll also produce and script.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor