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WWE Films is stepping out of the ring for its first non-action movie and has cast Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling-champ-turned-action-hero John Cena in the PG-rated melodrama 'Brother's Keeper.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a high-school boy who tries to bring his family together 10 years after the death of his father, a state college wrestling legend. Though the boy has no apparent athletic talents, he decides that the only way to reunite his mother and estranged older brother, also a former wrestling champ, is to join the high school wrestling team. WWE Films is stepping out of the ring for its first non-action movie and has cast Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling-champ-turned-action-hero John Cena in the PG-rated melodrama 'Brother's Keeper.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a high-school boy who tries to bring his family together 10 years after the death of his father, a state college wrestling legend. Though the boy has no apparent athletic talents, he decides that the only way to reunite his mother and estranged older brother, also a former wrestling champ, is to join the high school wrestling team.

Graye, who has a recurring role on Showtime's 'Dexter,' will play the teenage boy. Clarkson, who most recently starred in Woody Allen's 'Whatever Works' and 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' and Martin Scorsese's upcoming 'Shutter Island,' plays the mother.

Cena, who will play the older brother, is a WWE Championship winner and has starred in a number of action films, including 'The Marine' and '12 Rounds.' Martin, a regular on Showtime's 'Californication,' will play a troubled young girl who is the teen boy's best friend. And Glover, who next appears in the April Screen Gems comedy 'Death at a Funeral,' will play an enigmatic man who has a way of showing up in the boy's life just when he needs him most.

The film, helmed by TV director Mel Damski and based on a screenplay by John Posey (who will also co-star as a high school wrestling coach), begins shooting today in New Orleans.

Though 'Brother's Keeper,' which might undergo a title change as the production progresses, revolves around the world of wrestling, the WWE appears to be positioning this as a family film rather than as a high-school version of last year's 'The Wrestler.' Which is probably not such a bad idea since that latter film -- despite glowing reviews and awards -- appealed to a limited audience (grossing $26 million domestically). If, as we suspect, the WWE is throwing off the shackles of the action genre, 'Brother's Keeper' might be a nice way for the company to expand its franchise and change its image.