Carrie Underwood to star in ‘Surfer’ film

Country music star set for feature-film debut

Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb and Carrie Underwood will star in the indie drama “Soul Surfer,” about teen surfing champ and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton.

Being directed by Sean McNamara, the project marks country music star Underwood’s bigscreen debut.

Based on Hamilton’s autobiography, biopic centers on the surf icon (Robb) who defied all odds to compete and win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark attack at age 13. Quaid and Hunt play Hamilton’s parents, and Underwood has taken on the role of a church youth leader.

McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk penned the screenplay.

Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo round out the cast of the pic, which began lensing this week in Hawaii.

Newly launched Mandalay Vision is producing alongside Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Life’s a Beach Entertainment. Affirm Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, will distribute.

Enticing Entertainment and Island Film Group put up the coin for the film, which Douglas Schwartz, David Brookwell, McNamara and Roy Dutcher Hofstetter are producing. David Zelon, David Tice and Dominic Ianno exec produce.