EXCLUSIVE: Marking his first starring role in a feature film, Chase Stokes is set to star in The music brought me here from multi-BAFTA nominated filmmaker Gurinder Chadha who will direct. The feature film, which is based on the remarkable true story by Forrest Allen and Tom Sweitzer, is written by Oscar winner Irwin Winkler and Jose Ruisanchez and is based on the Susan Koch documentary of the same name.
Winkler, Jon Levin and Alexandra Milchan will produce
The film tells the incredible true story of an eccentric high school music teacher, Tom Sweitzer, in a small Virginia town whose world is turned upside down when former student Forrest Allen – a bright and wild light – is left in the coma following a snowboarding accident. Between life and death, this young man’s last hope for recovery, and to wake up, speak and walk again, is a reluctant teacher with a scarred past who answers the call of a desperate family to use music therapy as a way to break through to their son. It’s about family, friendships and ultimately the healing power of music.
Stokes is known for his starring role in Netflix’s global phenomenon series External banks. The drama series debuted in April 2020 to massive fanfare and Netflix top ten placement for a record number of weeks. For its second season, the series continued its runaway success by earning the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen Streaming Rankings and securing its place as one of the most popular titles on Netflix to date. Season three of External banks is currently in production. Stokes will next appear opposite Joey King in uglya dystopian fantasy film based on Scott Westerfeld’s international bestseller of the same name, which McG is directing for Netflix.
“It is very rare for a story like this to happen. Based on real life events, I was captivated by the script and documentary of Forrest and Tom’s journey and how powerful a family’s love can be to change things. Chase Stokes is an exciting young actor who I believe has the vulnerability and emotion to convey the real depths of human despair and the exhilarating heights of relief and happiness explored by the film. Add the incredible power of music and an inspiring soundtrack and you have a film that I think will touch people all over the world,” Chadha said.
“I’m thrilled that Chase identifies with my own journey. As an actor, Chase embodies the fierceness and humor that lives in my heart and the spirit that helped me never lose hope,” Allen said.
Stokes replaced by UTA, Luber Roklin, People Store and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman. Chadha is replaced by ICM and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein