For years, athletes have been finding their way to Hollywood in some form or another.
Whether it’s O.J. Simpson as Officer Nordberg in the classic “The Naked Gun” movies, LeBron James alongside Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck,” or Boban Marjanovic mixing it up with Keanu Reeves in the upcoming “John Wick 3,” many of your favorite sports stars have also been coming soon to a theater near you.
But what if you want to get something a bit more wholesome than action flicks or Amy Schumer from your movie-going experience.
Enter Tim Tebow, who dropped a trailer for his latest project, “Run the Race,” via Twitter on Wednesday. The film debuts in theaters on Feb. 22.
Tebow and his brother Robby are executive producers on the project. Tim Tebow also plays himself, according to 247Sports.
But he’s not the main subject of the film.
“In RUN THE RACE, two desperate brothers sacrifice today for a better tomorrow,” the film’s official site reads. “Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town.”
More trouble, though, is on the horizon.
“When a devastating injury puts Zach — and his dreams — on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope,” the description adds, noting that the film “shows what’s possible when you run to — instead of from — the overwhelming love of God.”
The film also stars Mykelti Williamson (Bubba from “Forrest Gump”) and Frances Fisher (of “Unforgiven” and “Titanic” fame). And, since if one athlete in a movie is good, two must be even better, retired Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George also stars.
Even without a film project to occupy his schedule, Tebow has been pretty busy lately.
His baseball career was temporarily derailed by injury last season, but his ongoing effort to hook on with the New York Mets is a movie in the making playing out in real life.
Hopefully he’s got a good wedding planner who can keep things rolling smoothly on the nuptials front while Tebow is off doing the red carpet tour in February.
And on top of it all, Tebow’s got his ongoing duties as a commentator on ESPN, where he covers Southeastern Conference football.
In a statement back in August, Tebow spoke about the new film and his role in it.
“This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family, and the power of forgiveness,” he said.
“I love being a part of a project like this because it will impact lives, inspire hope, and even prompt action. When I read the script, I knew this was an important project to get behind,” Tebow added.
Tebow is well known for his Christian faith, and those themes permeate every element of this movie. It’s not hard to be excited about seeing this inspirational story on the big screen.
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