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AnnaSophia Robb to Play One-Armed Surfer Bethany Hamilton

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February 4, 2010

Bethany Hamilton / AnnaSophia Robb

With the exception of Point Break and Surf Ninjas (that's right, I admit it) most of the truly great surfing films come in the form of documentaries like The Endless Summer and Step Into Liquid. And while Surf's Up is certainly a fine tribute to the sport, the fact that it's animated knocks it down from being a real surfing flick in the rules that I just made up. But now we're going to be riding some serious waves as Variety reports AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain) will star in Soul Surfer, a biopic about Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer, who has prevailed in competitions despite losing an arm in a shark attack at age 13.

Joining Robb in the Sean McNamara-directed (of Bratz: The Movie previously) surfing flick is Dennis Quaid (oddly enough not as the surfboard) as well as Helen Hunt as Hamilton's parents. Additionally, and making her feature film debut, country singer Carrie Underwood will play a church youth leader. Based on Hamilton's autobiography of the same name (pick it up on Amazon), the film will chronicle the struggles she faced adapting to her missing appendage. Since surfing is about balance, and the arms play an integral role in maintaining that balance on the board, I can only imagine how hard it was not giving up.

Robb will probably have to work very hard during surfing lessons to become an expert, but I wonder if she'll have her arm taped behind her back (which could be dangerous) to be removed digitally after, or if it will all be done with special effects and/or a prosthetic. It's very possible that a stunt surfer will do most of the more difficult surfing sequences (maybe even Hamilton herself), but I can't imagine an actor just letting it go that easily. Either way, this is a very interesting movie to look forward to. What do you guys think?

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  • It looks like they're doing it with a "green sleeve"... http://justjaredjr.buzznet.com/2010/02/03/annasophia-robb-is-celery-sweet/ I, too, am looking forward to the movie!
  • Roman
    Cant wait to see her in her wetsuit.
  • Rick Kane
    You forgot about North Shore.
  • dex
    Wow, she's already grown up. I was kinda expecting a kid .
  • DRM
    The only thing I have to say is... Surf Ninjas was indeed an awesome movie.
  • Ryan
    from the director of "Bratz: The Movie" uhhhhh No thanks, this will be awful.
  • snitch robinson
    can't wait to see Roman in jail for trying to have sex with a 16-year old.
  • Dan
    That girl that lost her arm, I saw her on Ellen, geesh what an airhead!
  • Layla
    Yes I'm looking forward to this movie! I've been a fan of Bethany's for years! She's a great role model and I would love to see how they portray her in a movie! I'm excited to see this now :)

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