Sean Astin and Matthew Modine are set to star in the upcoming cycling drama Hard Miles, according to an exclusive from Deadline. Christian Sander will pen the screenplay and R.J. Daniel Hanna will helm the project. Actress Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, best known for her performance in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, will join Astin and Modine in an unspecified role in the film, which also stars Leslie David Baker, who played Stanley Hudson in The Office, as well as Jahking Guillory and Jackson Kelly from On My Block (Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion). Damien Diaz, who played in Marvel’s Runaways, and Zach T. Robbins will also star in the film (Bloodline).
Christian Sander of Pensé Productions will produce Hard Miles, with Scott Sander serving as executive producer. After a real narrative of Ridge View Academy’s cycling team, the movie will show how the school uses athletics and leadership to provide at-risk students with a second shot at life. Speedy, a mechanic at a neighbourhood bike store, is Austin’s character. Baker will portray Skip Bowman, the director of the institution. All four members of the cycling team have been cast as characters in the film.
The characters’ identities are still a mystery, but as filming progresses, more information should become available. Hard Miles, starring a talented cast and a potentially gripping story, could be an exciting film for audiences to watch when it debuts at some point in the near future. In 1995, Astin and his wife were nominated for an Academy Award for their work on the short film Kangaroo Court, which won for Best Live Action Short. Many people are familiar with the actor thanks to his role as Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
After Stranger Things, he appears as Bob Newby alongside Modine as Dr Martin Brenner in Netflix’s smash hit. Stephanie Garvin and Warren Skeels will direct Astin in forthcoming films, including Holiday Twist, and The Man in the White Van. Previously nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in And the Band Played On, Modine will feature in the Christopher Nolan picture Oppenheimer in 2023 as Vannevar Bush, the real-life figure. Hard Miles has no set release date as the film is still in the early stages of production.