"12 Mighty Orphans"
Directed by the Austin-based Ty Roberts, and cowritten and costarring the Georgetown-based actor Lane Garrison, the fact-based sports drama 12 Mighty Orphans chronicles the rise of the Fort Worth Masonic Home and School as a Texas high school football powerhouse in the 1930s. Based on the 2007 book by Jim Dent, 12 Mighty Orphans stars Luke Wilson as Rusty Russell, the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame coach who developed the spread offense out of necessity while coaching the so-called “Mighty Mites” at the Fort Worth-based orphanage. The film follows Russell’s efforts to form a football team comprised of 12 undersized and inexperienced players to compete against the best of the best in Texas. Martin Sheen costars as Doc Hall, the school’s volunteer doctor who serves as Russell’s assistant coach. Rectify and Stargirl’s Jake Austin Walker plays standout Mighty Mite and future NFL player Hardy Brown. The Dallas-born Lane Garrison not only cowrote 12 Mighty Orphans with the Midland-born Ty Roberts but costars as Luther Scarborough, the rival Polytechnic High School football coach who plots both on and off the field to bring down Rusty Russell and the Mighty Mites. 12 Mighty Orphans, which also features Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Wayne Knight, and Vinessa Shaw, is now playing in Austin theaters and will expand nationally June 18. The Austin-based Ty Roberts previously directed 2001’s Four Aims and Flyin' Shoesand 2019’s The Iron Orchard, which starred Lane Garrison. The Georgetown-based Lane Garrison played David “Tweener” Apolskis in the first season of Prison Breakand appeared in the 2013 television miniseries Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Aliveand the 2016 remake of Roots. He also cowrote the 2020 action thriller Spy Intervention. Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison are currently developing a television series based on 12 Mighty Orphans.
Aired: June 10, 2021.