That's What I Am

(2011)

Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, "That's What I Am" is a coming-of-age story which follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student whose English teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs him on a project with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley (aka "Big Red"). When Andy watches Stanley fearlessly confront a school bully, a series of events is unleashed, which changes the lives of both young men – and their teacher – forever.

Molly Parker portrays Andy's mother, Sherri. Daniel Roebuck plays Andy's father, Jim. WWE Superstar Randy Orton portrays Ed Freel, the father of the bully reprimanded by Simon. When Freel's son spreads a lie about Simon, Ed repeats the accusation and begins a campaign to get Simon fired. Mia Rose Frampton has been cast as Mary Bell, the prettiest girl in the school, who is also known as the preeminent make-out artist of the eighth grade. Amy Madigan plays Principal Kelner, whose decision to suspend a school bully has devastating and unforeseen consequences.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘That's What I Am’ Clip

Filmmaker Michael Pavone directs Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Chase Ellison in the WWE produced coming-of-age dramedy That's What I Am. The story finds an English teacher (Ed Harris) pairing up 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), who is just starting to date girls for the first time, with social outcast Stanley (Alexander Walters) for a critical school project. This unfortunate partnership threatens to derail Andy's plans to become one of the popular kids at his school. We have an exclusive clip from this touching dramatic comedy, which you can check out below.

That's What I Am was released April 29th, 2011.

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