Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen are two of the best actors currently working in film today. What makes that statement even more impressive is that they’ve been consistently delivering quality work for the entirety of their careers, going back to the 1950s. I’m a sucker for consistency, but these two gentlemen actors force me to redefine what it means to be a consummate and steadfast thespian in the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood. They are without a doubt Hollywood Royalty in the very best sense of the words. Our discerning film cousins over at Variety no doubt agree with this grandiose yet true statement, and they’ve got the headline touting a new film from these two stalwarts of cinema just to prove that point.
Per those purveyors of all things pop culture comes the recent news that the aforementioned Mr. Duvall and Sheen and some piker named Luke Wilson (just joking Luke, we here at Vents loved you in Vacancy) have just had their latest film 12 Mighty Orphans acquired by production house Sony Pictures Classics for a nice song.
12 Mighty Orphans is an adaptation of author Jim Dent’s novel of the same name and is a true story about an inspiring group of Fort Worth orphans who, during the darkest days of the Great Depression, form a football team called the Mighty Mites. In best Rudy and Bad News Bears form however, the group of kids go from the ultimate in underdogs to actually playing in the vaunted Texas state championships. The film is notable, among other things, as serving as a sort of reunion for Duvall and Sheen who previously worked together in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece Apocalypse Now.
12 Mighty Orphans was directed by Ty Roberts (The Iron Orchard), himself a Texas native. Roberts also had a hand in adapting the book the film is based off of alongside Lane Garrison and Kevin Meyer. Vinessa Shaw (Eyes Wide Shut), Treat Williams (Everwood) and Wayne Knight (J.F.K.) will also star in the film.
No word on a release date but – you know the drill by now – stay tuned and we’ll update this as soon as we have more information to parcel out.