McGraw Confirmed for Film Debut

Tim McGraw is following wife Faith Hill’s lead by accepting his first film role, his publicist confirmed Tuesday (Feb. 3). McGraw joins Billy Bob Thornton and director Brian Grazer for Friday Night Lights. Based on H.G. Bissinger’s book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream, the film centers around the 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers of Odessa, Texas. McGraw has been cast as Charlie Billingsley, a former football hero who tries to vicariously relive his high school sports career through his son. Tentatively set for release late this year, the film will also star Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black and Lee Thompson Young. Billy Bob Thornton plays the head football coach. This summer, Hill appears with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Christopher Walken in The Stepford Wives. … In related news, McGraw unveiled four new songs during a Houston concert on Saturday (Jan. 31). He dedicated “Live Like You Were Dyin'” to his father, baseball great Tug McGraw, who died recently. The singer has completed two weeks of recording with his band, and a new album is due by the end of the year.