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Tim McGraw announced his first role in a major studio film, the Imagine Entertainment/Universal picture, Friday Night Lights. The movie is adapted from the 2000 H.G. Bissinger book, “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream,” about a small town in Texas and its devotion to the high school football team. Tim will play Charlie Billingsley, the alcoholic father of a player and a former football hero himself, who’s trying to relive his glory days through his son. Tim’s co-star will be Billy Bob Thornton and Peter Berg will direct. “I have so much respect for Billy Bob and Peter,” says Tim. “It’s an amazing opportunity and of course I couldn’t help but be drawn to a story about high school football. I’ve played a lot of music in Odessa, so this will definitely be a big change. I can’t wait to get started.” Filming begins this week. Tim previously acted in the still-unreleased indie flick, Black Cloud.