Julia Roberts to Produce, Star in Feature Film About 'Batkid,' the 5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Who Captured the World's Heart

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Julia Roberts is bringing the heartwarming real-life story of "Batkid" to the big screen, producing and starring in a film about five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott.

Julia Roberts will tell the story of little Miles, who captured the hearts of people around the world in November 2013, when his Make-A-Wish dream was realized when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City so the little guy, who is now said to be in remission, could defend the city.

Julia Robert's movie will be a remake of director Dana Nachman's documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, which made its debut at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Saturday.

Nachman's documentary chronicles the day 25,000 San Francisco residents and celebrities, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck and President Barack Obama, helped make 5-year-old Miles' day by participating in his costumed adventure.

Nachman will continue to tell Miles' story by serving as an executive producer on the remake.

"It's thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it that they want to dedicate their time and creative capital to make sure the widest audience possible will know and love Miles' story and the spirit of this intimate special event that went global, as much as we do," Nachman told Variety.

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