Julia Roberts To Star In Batkid Film, Steal Our Hearts

Our hearts are still swollen with joy from 2013’s wish celebrated around the globe, when the Bay Area came together to help turn 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott’s Make-A-Wish request — to be Batkid — into reality.

It was one of the biggest Make-A-Wish projects in history: San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City, complete with appearances by the Joker, the Riddler, and Batman himself. Some 10,000 people participated in the staged event, following a major call to action via social media. Miles was presented with a key to the city by Mayor Ed Lee. The Chronicle ran a Gotham City edition with the headline, "Batkid Saves City: Hooded hero nabs Riddler, rescues damsel in distress." Even President Obama was rooting for Miles Scott. It was one of the most inspiring narratives of all time.  

Happily, Scott's cancer has been in remission since his last treatment. But, the event was so moving that it spawned a documentary, BatKid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World, which tells the story of the young cancer patient and the kindhearted volunteers who brought his wish to life. Now, it appears that Scott’s tale will be going to Hollywood. It was announced this week that Julia Roberts has signed on to produce and star in a scripted version of the story, inspired by the documentary, along with the original film's director, Dana Nachman. 

Nachman told Deadline: "It’s thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it." This isn’t the first time Scott has gotten the star treatment; according to Deadline, the poster for the documentary was designed by famed Star Wars artist Drew Struzan.  

It has not yet been announced what role Roberts will play, but you can bet that we will be seeing this movie on opening day. Now, please excuse us while our hearts continue to explode.  

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