Breakthrough is the true story of Joyce Smith (This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz), a mother whose adopted son John (Marcel Ruiz) is in serious condition after falling in an icy Missouri lake. Though the odds of John surviving the incident are slim, Joyce refuses to give up and prays for her son’s recovery. Grant Nieporte, who scripted the Will Smith feature Seven Pounds, is the screenwriter for the feature which is directed by Roxann Dawson.
“The through lines for me were so important,” said Metz. “We’re all purposeful. We’re all loved, and that we’re all stronger truly together than we are apart. Collective consciousness in positive forms, like prayer, is so powerful.”
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Breakthrough, co-starring Josh Lucas, hits theaters April 17.