Actress to join Sandra Bullock in football drama

Kathy Bates will star in football drama “The Blind Side” opposite Sandra Bullock with John Lee Hancock directing from his own script.

Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment is financing and producing. Gil Netter’s also producing along with Alcon co-toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove while Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Tim Bourne will exec produce.

Project’s based on “The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game,” by Michael Lewis, and follows Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He was homeless as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do family.

Bates will play a no-nonsense tutor who is hired by the matriarch of the household, portrayed by Bullock. Bates previously worked with Alcon on “P.S. I Love You” and most recently appeared in “Revolutionary Road.”

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