1,000 TO 1: The Cory Weissman Story signs Cassi Thomson ("Big Love") and Hannah Marks (“Necessary Roughness")

Independent Film Chronicles Inspiring True Story of Gettysburg College Basketball Player’s Improbable Return To The Court After Catastrophic Stroke; David Henrie, Beau Bridges and Jean Louisa Kelly Previously Announced 

(Los Angeles, CA; September 18, 2012) – Cassi Thomson (Big Love) and Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness) have joined the cast of 1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story, the true story of a young basketball player who suffered a catastrophic stroke as a freshman at Gettysburg College and returned to the court for one remarkable moment in the last game of his senior year. The announcement was made today by the film's producers Bruce Gordon and Bob Burris.  Thomson and Marks join previously announced stars David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) in the title role, multiple Emmy award nominee Beau Bridges ((Without Warning: The James Brady Story, The Descendants) as Cory’s coach, and Jean Louisa Kelly (Yes, Dear) as Cory’s mother, a physical therapist who helped her son recover. 

Best known for her starring role as Cara Lynn in HBO's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning series Big Love, Ms. Thomson will play Ally, a close friend of Cory’s who is emotionally overwhelmed by the traumatic event. 

Hannah Marks, a regular on USA Network's Necessary Roughness and co-star of the upcoming indie film You Can’t Win (with Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt) portrays Jess, a star college lacrosse player who becomes Cory’s girlfriend.

Produced by former longtime Disney executive Bruce Gordon and Bob Burris (Growing Pains), who also wrote the script, 1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story will be directed by Michael Levine (Nowhere Man). Legendary trumpet player and six-time Grammy® Award winner Arturo Sandoval, who won an Emmy for the score to the HBO film of his own life story, For Love or Country (starring Andy Garcia), will compose and record the score for the film.  The film is a Gordon-Burris Production in association with Gettysburg Great Productions.  

1,000 to 1 tells the inspiring true story of Weissman, a 1,000-point high school basketball star, who suffered a life-threatening stroke at the end of his freshman year leaving him paralyzed on the left side. The chances of him surviving the stroke at all were bleak.  The odds of him returning to the court were astronomical. 

Three years later, in the last game of his senior year, improbably, even impossibly, Cory returned to the basketball court. What happened next rivals the most emotional moments in college sports history; a moment covered by dozens of national media outlets including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times.

For more information on 1,000 to 1, visit www.1000to1movie.com, follow @1000to1movie on Twitter or like 1000 to 1 movie on Facebook.

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Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2012