Gerard Butler set to star in Mavericks for director Curtis Hanson
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
The very underrated Curtis Hanson has chosen surfing legend Jay Moriarity as the subject of his next film. Although the role of Moriarity hasn’t been cast yet, Hanson has tabbed Gerard Butler to star as Moriarity’s mentor Rick “Frosty” Hesson. I’m not a surfing guru by any means, but a quick wikipedia search revealed that Moriarity is a legend amongst surfers for tackling the insane waves in Northern California (called “Mavericks”), but died tragically in a diving accident. Hesson was the expert surfer that reluctantly trained Moriarity. Walden Media will be producing the film.
I’ve gotten into heated debates with readers over Gerard Butler (I don’t like him), but starring in a Curtis Hanson directed film is a good move for him. After 8 MILE, reports came out that Hanson spent countless hours cutting and structuring the film to make Eminem look like he could act. He was amazingly effective, so if he can make Eminem look like a legit actor, I’m sure he’ll be able to do the same for Gerard Butler.