We have new surfer Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson in Curtis Hanson
’s upcoming Mavericks
. And no, it’s not previously rumored Sean Penn, it’s Gerard Butler
So, Butler will play mentor to a famous surfer Jay Moriarity, but we also learned that the 300
star will also serve as executive producer along with his manager Alan Siegel.
director Hanson will direct from a script by Kario Salem
and Brandon Hooper
, and the story will center on:
“Moriarity and his quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings. Moriarity trained under Hesson for an year and they formed a friendship that transformed both their lives.”
Moriarity, who died in 2001 in a diving accident in the Maldives just a day short of his 23rd birthday, remains an inspiration to surfers around the globe. He took to surfing from a young age and was known as the most promising teenage surfer of his time.
In his spare time, he sky dived and did motorcross. He was training to be a fire fighter and was employed as a surf instructor at the O’Neil Academy. He had also been visiting several countries as an instructor.”
Shooting is expected to begin in October.