I’ve got a brother, two brothers-in-law, and countless friends who have played for the legendary Highland High School rugby team. That’s one reason I am thrilled about the upcoming fall premiere of the Hollywood film highlighting that rugby team: Forever Strong. I’ve added one of my favorite clips about the film to this post, but click here to view more trailers/teasers/clips from Forever Strong the movie. You can also just go to the site at www.rugbymovie.com.
The movie stars Sean Faris, who is a young kid that many call the next Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. He plays the role of a troubled teen who loves rugby and ends up on the Highland High School rugby team where his life is forever shaped by his teammates and by Coach Gelwix (played by Gary Cole from ‘Office Space’). The film also stars Sean Astin (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) and Neal McDonough (from ‘Flags of our Fathers’ and ‘Boomtown’).
The film appears to be a real ground-breaking film for rugby fans who have been waiting for a good movie a la “Friday Night Lights” to highlight the game of rugby. What’s more, it has several local heroes — like a cameo from the University of Utah rugby team’s head coach, Mark Numbers. And lots of great stunt work by Utah’s own Matt Griff.
The latest release date we have heard is September 26, 2008 — but we’ll try to keep you posted if we hear an update. Please post comments below if you have anything to add.
Here’s to a killer movie all US rugby fans are dying for!