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The Unbreakable Boy - What We Know So Far

Perhaps best known for his role as the lead and eponymous character in the television show "Chuck" and for his starring role in DC's "Shazam!," Zachary Levi has had a varied and impressive acting career. This includes a small role as Fandral of the Warriors Three in the latter two "Thor" movies, as well as voice roles in animated fare like "Tangled." Basically, Lewi has tried everything during his long career. And this continues with "The Unbreakable Boy," one of Levi's latest non-comic book movies.

As reported by Deadline, Levi's involvement in "The Unbreakable Boy" was announced all the way back in 2020. A drama film focusing on a child with brittle-bone disease and autism, Levi will portray the child's father. The film is based on the book "The Unbreakable Boy: A Father's Fear, a Son's Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love" by Scott LeRette, which is inspired by a true story. While Levi has certainly done dramatic work in the past, "The Unbreakable Boy" will likely be a different role for the more comedically-inclined actor.

Here's everything that we know about the release date, cast, and plot for "The Unbreakable Boy."

When will The Unbreakable Boy release?

For the longest time, "The Unbreakable Boy" did not have a release date in place, despite going into production toward the beginning of 2021. However, according to Deadline, the film will release March 18, 2022. Given how often studios have been shifting around release dates due to the ongoing pandemic, however, it's still possible that "The Unbreakable Boy" may move around a bit in the schedule. March is also a pretty stacked month for movie releases, with both "The Batman" and "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" also arriving around then (per Movie Insider).

Still, given that "The Unbreakable Boy" is a family drama, it's entirely possible that this release date makes a lot of sense. Viewers will likely want an alternative to comic book spectacle, and an inspirational dramatic outing could very well be the answer to something like that. Either way, as of now, March is the month that distributor Lionsgate has settled on.

Who is in the cast for The Unbreakable Boy?

While Levi is headlining "The Unbreakable Boy," the rest of the announced cast is nothing to shrug at either. Per Deadline, "The Unbreakable Boy" will also star Meghann Fahy, Drew Powell, Jacob Laval, Gavin Warren, and Patricia Heaton. Laval will play the title character in "The Unbreakable Boy," Austin. It's not yet known who the rest of the cast will play in the film, though we'll likely know more when a trailer actually drops.

Fahy has done a lot of work in television, including the soap opera series "One Life to Live" and guest stints on shows like "The Good Wife" and "Chicago Fire." She's had a few minor roles in film, but this is seemingly her biggest project yet. Powell is probably best known for playing Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy on "Gotham." Warren is another child actor with somewhat limited experience, though he's probably most recognizable for his role in "First Man." Heaton is probably the second most recognizable actor in the cast, notable for her work in sitcoms, especially as Debra Barone in "Everybody Loves Raymond."

What is the plot for The Unbreakable Boy

Via Deadline, the plot for "The Unbreakable Boy" surrounds Austin (Laval), who was born with both autism and brittle-bone disease, as well as his father Scott (Levi). "The Unbreakable Boy" sees Austin as an inspirational person for everyone who comes into contact with him. Scott eventually transforms his own view of his son, ceasing to see him as broken and more as someone with an "indestructible spirit."

"The Unbreakable Boy" may sound like a standard inspirational movie, but it could be the perfect outing for families to see. It's not yet known how the film's events will unfold or how closely it will follow its source material or the true events that inspired it. With Jon Gunn helming the pic — a filmmaker known for other inspirational family movies, like "The Case for Christ" — there's every chance that this will be a hit with its intended audience, if nothing else.