"1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story" signs Academy Award nominee Michael Lerner

Academy Award® nominee Michael Lerner ("Barton Fink"), has joined David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Emmy-award winner Beau Bridges ("The Descendants"), Hannah Marks ("Necessary Roughness"), Cassi Thomson ("Big Love"), Jean Louisa Kelly ("Yes Dear") and Luke Kleintank ("Gossip Girl") in the cast of "1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story." The film, currently in production in Pennsylvania, is 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 Bob Burris and Bruce Gordon.

Lerner, who was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actor in "Barton Fink," and co-starred in such notable films as "A Serious Man," "Mirror Mirror" and "Elf," is one of the industry’s most lauded and familiar character actors. Most recently, he appeared on "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." In "1000 to 1" Lerner plays Dr. Bill Wells, the psychiatrist who guided Cory Weissman through his challenging recovery. He was represented by Ben Kowalczyk of Abrams Artists.

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" is 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.

"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.

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Posted: Mon, 8 Oct 2012