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Shue Says 'Gracie' Inspired by Brother

Actor Andrew Shue said his new movie "Gracie," about a New Jersey girl playing soccer on an all-boys team, was difficult because it brought up memories of his late brother William.

Shue created the film, along with his sister, actress Elisabeth Shue, and his other brother John, who worked on financing for the project. William, the inspiration for the film, died after falling from a tree on a family vacation in 1988.

In the film, the title character Gracie, played by Carly Schroeder, helps her soccer-obsessed family get over the death of her older brother Johnny who dies in a car accident by playing on her high school's varsity team in his place.

William Shue, from South Orange, N.J., was a soccer star in high school.

"It is a personal film, and the memories in it are a little bit sacred to us. But it was a family decision, and it is important for us to tell the story," Shue, who lives in Princeton Township, told The Times of Trenton for Monday's newspapers.

"Gracie," which was filmed in New Jersey, is scheduled to open in theaters Tuesday.

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