Walt Disney Pictures has announced the production of their latest film, Safety, directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Jay Reeves, Thaddeus J. Mixson and Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie Foxx). The film will stream exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.
The sports film will focus on Clemson University football star Ray Ray McElrathbey, who achieved fame while dealing with life’s challenges.
According to the official description: “Safety is the empowering story of Ray Ray McElrathbey, a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose faith and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities and play football on scholarship at Clemson University, all while struggling to raise and care for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr.”
McElrahbey’s personal struggles have been immense. McElrathbey’s mother entered rehab for drug addiction in 2006. He decided to take care of Fahmarr instead of seeing him put in the foster care system. Clemson supported McElrathbey in raising his brother, and a trust fund was created to provide McElrathbey financial support.
“This is a powerful script that touches everyone who reads it; and, now we are assembling a cast of wonderful young actors who will bring Ray Ray McElrathbey’s amazing true story to life on the screen,” said Hudlin.
The film’s script is written by Randy McKinnon and Nick Santora and produced by Mark Ciardi.
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