Dean Cain Partners With 12 Year-Old Writer And Actress To Make Faith-Based Movie
By Movieguide® Contributor
Dean Cain recently helped one 12 year-old girl’s dreams come true with his newest project, HOPE!
Ellie Mae Smith first met Cain one the set of MIRACLE AT MANCHESTER. The pair struck up a conversation, where Smith shared her idea for a movie.
“It’s about a little girl named Hope who is diagnosed with a rare blood disease. The family’s faith is tested as they all fight for answers to keep her alive,” Smith said of her movie.
Cain was intrigued and read the script, then contacted the President of JC Films, Jason Campbell.
“Jason contacted me. He wanted me to write more. I ended up with a 75-page, full-feature film,” Smith said.
The project was quickly green-lit, and Smith is now set to star in HOPE! alongside Cain.
Filming will start later this month in Florida, and Smith is so excited that her “dreams are coming true.”
This isn’t the only project she’s working on with the SUPERMAN actor — the pair will also work together on FILM CAMP, a movie made with and by Cain’s Summer Film Camp.
“The summer camp is for young people to experience all aspects of Christian filmmaking while being in an actual movie,” she explained.
All the campers will be cast in the movie, which will follow a group of underdog teens who go to summer camp and develop their talents and passions for making movies.
Cain frequently makes movies that have an important message to spread. Movieguide® previously reported:
Dean Cain announced that The Lifeboat Project and JCFilms would partner on an upcoming series of movies addressing human trafficking.
The project reportedly includes three movies under the series title NOT FOR SALE: AMERICA. The upcoming movie is called NOT FOR SALE: FLORIDA.
“The mission of The Lifeboat Project is to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and to empower the lives of survivors through long-term aftercare, residential programs, trauma counseling, housing, personal development, and educational resources,” The Lifeboat’s mission statement reads.
The Lifeboat’s producing partner JCFilms has a similar passion for raising awareness regarding human trafficking through hope-filled, faith-based movies.
“I am thrilled to be given the chance to co-produce this project with [JC Films President] Jason [Campbell] and Dean. I believe in honesty and having integrity when it comes to the nature of this work. I think conveying the truth about this crime against humanity, while also honoring the survivors is what our community needs,” Jill Bolander Cohen, CEO/Founder of The Lifeboat Project, said. “As a life-long Central Floridian, I want to ensure that this film will not bring a negative light on our community, but rather show an accuracy of how Floridians are engaged in the fight against trafficking.”
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