On April 17, fans of This Is Us‘s Chrissy Metz can see the small-screen star achieve leading-lady status on the big screen. Metz stars as distraught mother Joyce Smith in Breakthrough. Based on a true story and a memoir (The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection) by the real Smith, the film depicts a real-life miracle story of a teenage boy who falls through an icy lake and nearly dies, only to revive when everyone believed hope was lost. The film already looks like a full-on tearjerker, and we can’t even imagine how emotional the real-life experience was for everyone involved.
The seemingly miraculous recovery sounds more like the stuff of inspirational films than real life. But in the case of Smith and her son John (played by Marcel Ruiz), it’s actually both. Read on to discover the incredible true story of hope and survival behind the upcoming film.