Topher Grace, who starred in the television program "That '70s Show," has nabbed the role of Pastor John Noble in the faith-based drama "The Impossible." The drama is based on the 2017 memoir that Joyce Smith wrote, titled "The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection."
The movie follows John Smith, a 14-year-old boy from Missouri, who was pronounced dead at the hospital after falling into a frozen lake. His mother Joyce, played by Chrissy Metz ("This Is Us"), fervently prayed at the ER and the teenager's heart started beating again.
Grace's Pastor John will help the family through this whole ordeal that also rattled the whole community. Also starring in the movie are Mike Colter ("Luke Cage"), Isaac Kragten ("Odd Squad") and Marcel Ruiz ("Snowfall").
On Jan. 19, 2015, John submerged into a frozen lake for at least 15 minutes before paramedics rescued and pulled him out. Doctors at St. Joseph West Hospital gave up on the boy after nearly an hour of CPR and asked his mother to come in to say her last goodbyes.
"At 43 minutes, I was not hopeful at all that he would come back," Dr. Kent Sutterer told reporters. "I was anticipating explaining to his mom that efforts were futile from this point forward," he went on to say.
Joyce, however, prayed loudly for her son's life and doctors were shocked to find that John's heart was beating again. The boy, however, was not yet in the clear, and doctors thought he would still expire in a matter of hours. Sutterer said he did not know of anyone surviving past 25 minutes without any pulse.
Pastor John, along with five other pastors from the First Assembly Church, visited the family at the hospital and prayed over the boy. The pastor revealed that he had visions of angels tending over the teenager while they were praying. He believed it was God at work, rewiring John's brain so that he would recover completely.
The boy woke up on the third day after his accident. Today, the teenager has no memory of the accident and has not incurred any lifelong damages to his body.
Meanwhile, "The Impossible" has started filming, but Fox 2000 has not yet announced its theater date.