As I previously reported, Channing Tatum's 2010 romantic drama 'Dear John' chose to cast an autistic child to play the role of Alan in the film, both for authenticity and to show how capable those with autism can be.
Similarly, Jenna Dewan's 2009 romantic comedy 'The Jerk Theory' chose to cast a child with Down Syndrome (which is a chromosomal disorder) in the role of Kate, who is the sister to Josh Henderson's character Adam in the film.
'The Jerk Theory' is about an aspiring recording artist named Adam (Josh Henderson). When he is burned by a bad relationship experience, he decides that if women won’t respond to the “nice guy”, then he’ll be “the jerk.” He is extremely successful with meaningless relationships, but when Adam meets and falls for Molly (Jenna Dewan's), who doesn’t fall for his jerk routine, Adam is forced to reconsider his dating philosophy.
Solidifying the fact that those living with disabilities can truly be an asset to the acting community, the role of Kate is played by Lily Smith, an adorable, active, and bubbly ten-year-old girl with Down Syndrome.
In the touching new video created by New Zealand-based Disability TV, we not only get to see some clips from the movie and get to learn more about the film, but we also get a glimpse into an amazing child's life where she is beating the odds and following her dreams despite the battle she has been fighting since before she was even born...
'The Jerk Theory' is supposed to hit theaters some time later this year.