Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear have signed on to Paramount Pictures’ new faith-based drama entitled Same Kind Of Different As Me, which is an adaptation of the 2006 best-selling nonfiction novel co-written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.
The film stars Renee Zellweger, who announced her return to the big screen last week, and began filming in Jackson, Mississippi on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Same Kind of Different As Me is about a wealthy international art dealer named Ron Hall (Kinnear) who develops an unlikely friendship with a man named Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou) whom he meets at a homeless shelter.
They are introduced by Ron’s wife Deborah (Zellweger), who realizes her calling in life is to serve others. She then takes the three of them on a journey that will forever change their lives. Voight will play Hall’s estranged father in the film. They later reconcile.
This marks the directorial debut of Michael Carney, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hall and Alexander Foard.
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing the project through Disruption Entertainment alongside Darren Moorman, Hall, and Stephen Johnston. Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder, Carney, and Foard are all acting as executive producers.
This is Kinnear’s second faith-based film in the past year. He starred in the Sony/TriStar film Heaven Is For Real, which grossed more than $101 million worldwide.