Kurt Russell will play the head high school football coach in Freedom Films’ Touchback.

The project is the first to go under Freedom’s three-film deal with the Palo Verde hedge fund founded in 2008 by Paul Ross and Tony Stacy.

Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey and Christine Lahti also star in the project, which is being directed by first-timer Don Handfield and started shooting this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Marc Blucas, Drew Powell, Sarah Wright, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Kevin Covais round out the key cast on the story of a small town farmer and volunteer fireman who is transported back to the moment when his life was changed by an injury in a high school play-off match.

“I am thrilled [Russell] responded to the material,” Handfield said. “He is an icon and brings a unique warmth, charm and strength to the character. I feel blessed to be working with such a legendary actor on my first film.”

Presley is producing with Lisa Kearns of Freedom Films and Kevin Matusow, Carissa Buffel-Matusow and George Furla.