Talk has been underway for a while now about a possible movie adaptation of Soul Surfer, a biography of 16-year old competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose life took a horrific turn in 2003 when her left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark in the Hawaii surf. Australia's Sunday Times is now reporting progress on the project. They have declared that director Sean McNamara, who is currently in pre-production on Bratz: The Movie, has attached himself to direct the film. The paper also reports that "casting is now underway" and that the film will carry the same title as the book.
No further information about the casting process is given, although for some reason, my mind immediately went to Keira Knightley for the role. She may be five or so years too old for the part, but the age difference isn't critical to the story and she would probably be a good fit for the material. Bethany Hamilton famously returned to surfing just ten weeks after losing her arm, and began using a custom-made surf board to accommodate her needs. In 2004, she won an ESPY award for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year. Also in 2004, MTV Books put out the book which tells about her life and its tragic twist.