Shirley MacLaine in Talks to Star in MEN OF GRANITE
Deadline reports exclusively that actress Shirley MacLaine is currently in talks to star in Men of Granite. The project is based on the book of the same name which follows "a group of poor, immigrant high school boys who rose above bigotry in a small town in Illinois by proving themselves on the basketball court to become the 1940 state champions."
The Oscar-winner would portray Sophia Prather, described as a "schoolteacher who watches over her "boys of Lincoln Place" (the name of the poor area) with a steely eye, takes no guff and prods the boys into getting out of their broken-down neighborhood gymnasium and onto the high school court. By mentoring, encouraging and helping to pave the way for these downtrodden boys, she firmly believes that she is doing God's work."
MacLaine was recently seen on the season finale of FOX's GLEE. Her upcoming big screen projects include Wild Oats, The Locals and Jim Button. Her TV credits include Downton Abbey, Shirley's WORLD and more.