Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters

A feature film headed to theaters later this summer stars an actor with Down syndrome alongside a pair of Hollywood A-listers and it’s backed by some big names in the disability community.

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” features box office mainstays Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, but the lead role in the road trip comedy is held by Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome.

Gottsagen plays Zak, a man who runs away from a nursing home to attend a professional wrestling school. He winds up traveling with LaBeouf’s character, an outlaw who’s on the run, and the two convince a nursing home employee tasked with returning Zak to join them instead.

Read more by Shaun Heasley at www.disabilityscoop.com