Breakthrough

About The Movie

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the impossible true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of incredible odds. When Joyce Smith’s son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction.

From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and starring Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope … and sometimes even a miracle.

Cast/Filmmakers

Chrissy Metz
CHRISSY METZ
Joyce Smith
Topher Grace
TOPHER GRACE
Jason Noble
Mike Colter
MIKE COLTER
Tommy Shine
Josh Lucas
JOSH LUCAS
Brian Smith
Marcel Ruiz
MARCEL RUIZ
John Smith
Devon Franklin
DEVON FRANKLIN
Producer
Chrissy Metz
CHRISSY METZ
Joyce Smith

A two-time Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee, Chrissy Metz stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series This Is Us. Entertainment Tonight named her as one of six "breakout stars you will fall in love with this fall." People magazine named her among its "Ones to Watch." Chrissy also is known for her roles in American Horror Story: Freak Show, Loveless in Los Angeles, Solving Charlie, My Name is Earl and Entourage, to name a few. A Homestead, Florida, native and the middle child of five siblings, she moved to Japan as an infant and lived there for nine years before moving back to the States. After being discovered in Gainesville, Florida, at a local talent event she originally attended as a chaperone for her sister, she packed up and moved to Los Angeles to find her way into entertainment.

Topher Grace
TOPHER GRACE
Jason Noble

Topher Grace caught the attention of audiences on the iconic series That ‘70s Show before going on to numerous feature film roles. Notable credits include Spike Lee’s BLACK KLANSMAN opposite Adam Driver; WAR MACHINE opposite Brad Pitt; and TRUTH opposite Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Topher moved behind the camera as producer and star of the romantic musical comedy, OPENING NIGHT. Additional film credits include INTERSTELLAR, SPIDER-MAN 3, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, OCEAN’S TWELVE among many others. Topher won the National Board of Review award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor as well as a New York Film Critics award for his roles in IN GOOD COMPANY and P.S. in 2004. As a member of the ensemble cast in Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC, he also won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2001. In 2014, he made his Off-Broadway debut in Paul Weitz’ acclaimed Lonely, I’m Not for Second Stage.

Mike Colter
MIKE COLTER
Tommy Shine

Mike Colter is best known for his title role in Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage. His performance as the reluctant superhero landed him on covers for Entertainment Weekly (twice), WIRED and Backstage Magazine, and he was named one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. Mike was nominated for a People’s Choice, NAACP Image and MTV Movie & TV award. He is currently shooting the redemption drama SKIN and will star in the Netflix sci-fi thriller EXTINCTION. Recently, he starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall in the summer box office hit GIRLS TRIP. Mike is known for his six seasons of The Good Wife and for American Horror Story: Coven and The Following. Feature film credits include MILLION DOLLAR BABY, SALT and MEN IN BLACK III. Stage roles include in Drunken City at Playwrights Horizon and the acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of A Soldier's Play.

Josh Lucas
JOSH LUCAS
Brian Smith

After brief stints in professional theater in Seattle, Josh Lucas moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘90s and landed the role of a young George Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg-produced CLASS OF ’61 and Frank Marshall’s film ALIVE. Moving to New York, work in off-off Broadway productions led to a breakout Broadway role and film credits such as AMERICAN PSYCHO, A BEAUTIFUL MIND and the box office hit SWEET HOME ALABAMA. Numerous credits followed, including MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE with Liam Neeson, BOY CHOIR opposite Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates and THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA opposite Melissa Leo. Television credits include two seasons on NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura opposite Debra Messing. Josh returned to Broadway in 2018 for the sold-out run of The Parisian Woman opposite Uma Thurman. Josh is in production on Yellowstone, a Paramount Network series about a Montana ranching family.

Marcel Ruiz
MARCEL RUIZ
John Smith

Born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moving to Los Angeles at age 9, Marcel Ruiz has taken his hobby of acting and turned it into a full-fledged career as a star in Netflix’s reboot of One Day at a Time. Marcel began his career acting in commercials and currently studies at a performing arts school. With award-winning directors for parents and a notable television host and comedian for a grandfather, Marcel has always known he was made for entertainment and takes improv and acting classes in his spare time. Marcel enjoys filming and editing content for his YouTube channel, writing music, photography and fashion, and he excels in athletics including basketball and soccer. His determined and philanthropic spirit has recently driven him to give back to his home island after Hurricane Maria through Voices of Puerto Rico.

Devon Franklin
DEVON FRANKLIN
Producer

DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, best-selling author, renowned preacher and spiritual success coach. DeVon is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. With a commitment to uplifting the masses through entertainment, DeVon has quickly become a force in the media as well as a leading authority on faith, spiritual wellness and personal development. Beliefnet has called him one of the Most Influential Christians Under 40, Variety Magazine named him one of the Top 10 Producers to Watch, Ebony Magazine has distinguished him as one of the Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America, and even Oprah has called him "a bonafide dynamo...a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times." DeVon serves as President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a dynamic multimedia entertainment company with a first-look film deal at 20th Century Fox. As a filmmaker, he is producing the inspirational true story BREAKTHROUGH starring Chrissy Metz in theaters Easter of 2019. Additionally, he produced the hit animated film THE STAR and the hit film MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN. Along with his work as a producer, Franklin is the author of The Hollywood Commandments, New York Times best-seller The Wait (co-written with his wife award-winning actress Meagan Good) and Produced By Faith.

The True Story

The People

John Smith
JOHN SMITH

John Smith’s true story inspired the film BREAKTHROUGH. Born in Guatemala, John was adopted by Brian and Joyce Smith at the age of 5 months and moved with them to St. Charles, Missouri, where he currently attends high school. When John isn't at school, he enjoys spending time with his parents, three brothers, and friends. Following high school, John plans to attend a local Christian university and train to become a pastor. After living the events recounted in BREAKTHROUGH, John knows God has a purpose for saving his life and wants to share the message of God’s love to the world.

Joyce Smith
JOYCE SMITH

Joyce Smith was born in Wichita, Kansas, grew up in Ohio, and lived in eight different states as well as Canada and Germany. She and her husband Brian now live in St. Charles, Missouri. In addition to John, they have three wonderful sons and five beloved grandchildren. Joyce is the author of The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Love and Her Son’s Resurrection upon which the film BREAKTHROUGH is based. She loves speaking to audiences about what God has done for her family … and continues to do.

Pastor Jason Noble
PASTOR JASON NOBLE

Pastor Jason Noble loves to encourage people to believe that with God, “all things are possible.” Jason is the Smith family’s pastor and was at the bedside with John for 18 hours a day for the first seven days after his accident. Jason believes God called him—and continues to call him—to stick by the family and help them in any way possible. Jason has been a lead pastor, the National Children’s Ministries Director for the Assemblies of God USA, and a children’s pastor. He and his wife Paula have four wonderful children and reside in Medford, Oregon. Pastor Jason speaks to churches, groups, and pastors to encourage them to believe that God can still do the Impossible!

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