Thursday, August 12, 2010

Former Ferris All-American Visser Earns Role In Kurt Russell Film 'Touchback'

Ferris State University football fans may soon get to see a former Bulldog on the big screen as ex-FSU standout Jake Visser is among a handful of players selected for the upcoming Kurt Russell movie, "Touchback" this week.

More than 1,200 football players from across the country tried out to be extras for the film and Visser was announced Tuesday (Aug. 10) as one of only 38 participants who made the cut.

Visser was among hundreds of hopefuls who showed up last week vying for the movie's football-player roles. The tryout took place at the Coopersville (Mich.) High School football field for the movie, which is shooting in both the Coopersville and Grand Rapids areas. The production is about a man who attempts suicide and wakes up in the past to relive his high school football stardom, which previously ended when he was seriously injured.

The movie features prominent actor Kurt Russell as the head coach. It also includes Brian Presley as the football player and Melanie Lynskey as his wife. Former Oscar nominee Christine Lahti has been cast as Presley's mother.

Producers needed to fill the rosters for two teams, including "Team Coldwater", which is guided by Coach Hand (Russell), and "Team Cuyahoga" led by Marc Ellis. Visser will be a member of the Team Cuyahoga squad.

Filming is scheduled this upcoming week for August 13, 16 and 17 at the Coopersville High School field from 9 p.m. - 6 a.m. In addition to the football players, extras are needed to sit in the stands during those hours. Refreshments, prizes and entertainment nightly are planned, according to producers.

The lower-budget independent film currently is in talks with distributors for a 2011 release.

In addition to Visser, the list also includes current Big Rapids High School football coach Mitch Cumings. Several players with ties to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member schools are also included.

For the full press release, visit the Ferris Athletics Web site, here.

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