Oscar-nominated actress Helen Hunt (‘The Sessions’) is set to direct, produce and star in ‘Ride,’ with rising Aussie star Brenton Thwaites (‘Blue Lagoon II: The Awakening’), Luke Wilson (‘Henry Poole Is Here’), David Zayas (‘Dexter’), Leonor Varela (‘Blade II’), Mike White (‘The School of Rock’), Richard Kind (‘Argo’), and Elizabeth Jayne all attached to co-star.
Hunt wrote the script, which sees Thwaites playing a “NYU student who moves from New York to California for the summer. He leaves behind his strong-willed magazine editor mother (Hunt) and when she hears he is chucking school for surfing, she follows him. There, he pursues his dream and she pursues him. Along the way, she meets a surf teacher (Wilson) who brings her to life in every way. Both mother and son find their own version of love, sex and an unexpected state of grace in a most unlikely place.”
Filming is underway in Los Angeles. The film marks Hunt’s second directorial effort, having made her debut with 2007s comedic drama ‘Then She Found Me.’