Production has begun on Walt Disney Pictures’ Safety, a drama inspired by the uplifting true story of former Clemson safety Ray McElrathbey, in South Carolina. The film, which is directed by Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained, Marshall) will stream exclusively on Disney+
Safety is based be on the true story of Ray Ray McElrathbey, who, as a freshman football player for Clemson University, started secretly raising his 11-year-old brother on campus due to his mother’s issues with addiction. The story made national news in 2006.
The film is set to star Jay Reeves (All American) as Ray; Thaddeus J. Mixson (The Grind) as Fahmarr; and Corinne Foxx (47 Meters Down: Uncaged) as Kaycee. Safety will film on locations in both Clemson, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia before wrapping production in mid-November.
“This is a powerful script that touches everyone who reads it; and now we are assembling a cast of wonderful young actors who will bring Ray McElrathbey’s amazing true story to life on the screen,” says director Reginald Hudlin.
Randy McKinnon is the current writer. Mark Ciardi, whose credits include numerous Disney sports dramas including The Rookie and Million Dollar Arm, is on board to produce.
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