While he’s had a small role in “Magic Mike” and “Dolphin Tale,” Michael Roark’s career has been, for the most part, in television.
But this weekend when “Bennett’s War” releases to theaters, he will show what he can do in the lead role of a movie.
After surviving an IED explosion in combat overseas, Marshall Bennett (Roark), a young soldier in the Army Ranger Motorcycle Unit is medically discharged and told that one more accident could mean he may never walk again.
When he gets home to his family farm, he discovers that his dad Cal Bennett (Trace Adkins, “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “I Can Only Imagine”) is behind in the mortgage and may lose the farm.
Against all odds, Bennett pledges to help his family by the only means he knows how - to get back on his bike and do what he does best.
Allison Paige, who plays the wife of Marshall Bennett, also has a history of mostly television work, including spots in the series’ “The Flash,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Welcome to Sanditon.”
Other actors in the film include: Ali Afshar (“Three Kings” and “The Ride”) as Cyrus, Hunter Clowdus (“All American” and “American Vandal”) as Chris Walker and Brandon Eaton (“American Sniper” and “Dexter”) as Kurt Walker.
IMDb Trivia recounts that in the film, director Alex Ranarivelo chose the number 32 as Marshall’s number as a tribute to one of his favorite cars, the Mark IV Volkswagen R32.
The film is rated PG-13 for some language and brief violence.
Other films to hit theaters this weekend include:
n “Before You Know It,” directed by Hannah Pearl Utt and staring Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light and Alec Baldwin. Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos.
This film has an NR rating.
n “Don’t Let Go (Relive),” directed by Jacob Estes and staring David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson and Alfred Molina. Detective Jack Radcliff gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley. Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.
This film is rated R for violence, bloody images and language.
The synopsis for each movie is from rottentomatoes.com.