HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Filming started for the movie “Space Warriors” early today at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and some big names are in the cast.
The official cast announced for the movie includes veteran actor and activist Danny Glover, well known for his roles in “The Color Purple” and the “Lethal Weapon” films;
Josh Lucas, who was in the Academy Award-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “American Psycho” and recently in the TV drama, “The Firm;”
Mira Sorvino, winner of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Mighty Aphrodite” who starred in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion;”
“Space Warriors” actor Thomas Horn reads a book between takes. (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter)
Dermot Mulroney, who was in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Wedding Date” and “The Grey;” and Thomas Horn, who made his acting debut in the Oscar-nominated movie “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”
“Space Warriors” is about a teenage boy named Jimmy Hawkins, played by Horn, who gets a chance to fulfill his dream of going to Space Camp, along with five other talented youth from around the world. Former astronaut Col. Roy Manley, portrayed by Josh Lucas, guides the team called Space Warriors through all the Space Camp challenges.
Jason Netter, the producer of the movie and owner of Kickstart Entertainment, said the Space Warriors is an underdog team that competes for a trip to the International Space Station and loses to a more seasoned group of Space Campers called the Titans.
The members of the Space Warriors team use their skills to solve a problem on the space station, Netter said, and “end up saving the day.”
In the movie, Jimmy’s father, a former astronaut, is played by Mulroney, and his mother is portrayed by Sorvino.
The movie is being directed by Sean McNamara, the director of “Soul Surfer.” The movie’s executive producers are Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and Trevor Dinkwater, CEO of Arc Entertainment.