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Quaid, Hunt & Robb In Soul Surfers
Teen surfer meets shark

05 February 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Did you hear the one about the one-armed surfer? Well, you're about to, because AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood are set to star in Soul Surfers, the story of a 13 year-old surfer who got her arm munched on by a shark and still recovered to win surf competitions. And it's based on a true story.

No, we're not kidding: Bethany Hamilton learned to surf one-armed after a tiger shark bit off her left arm as it dangled in the water - looking, presumably, like a tasty, tasty seal. Despite losing the limb and 60% of her blood that morning, she returned to surfing only three weeks later and now continues to surf competitively around the world. So next time you stub your toe, try to cultivate some perspective.

Quaid and Hunt will play Hamilton's parents, with Bridge to Terabithia's AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany herself. US singer Carrie Underwood is making her film debut as a church youth-group leader alongside them.

Shooting starts this week in Hawaii, with Sean McNamara (er, Bratz) directing, and a script by McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk.

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