Ahead of its cinema release this Friday, Sony Pictures UK has released two new clips from the inspiring sports drama, 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS.
Directed and co-written by Ty Roberts, and based on the book of the same name by sportswriter Jim Dent, the film stars Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Jacob Lofland, Levi Dylan, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen.
12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships.
The clips showcase the dynamic relationship between coach Rusty Russell (Wilson) and Dr. E.P. ‘Doc’ Hall (Sheen) as they meet for the first time, and introduces team owner Mason Hawk (Duvall).
Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognising that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.