Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story

Original Release: 2019
Written by: Abraham Taylor, Alex Nibley, Sterlin Harjo
Produced by: Todd Black, Steve Tisch, Angelina Jolie, Martin Sensmeier, Abraham Taylor, Justine Hunt, Josh Aker

The tragedy and triumph of Native American Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of the twentieth century.

Angelina Jolie and Escape Artist Productions’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch will produce “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story,” the upcoming feature about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.

Martin Sensmeier will executive produce and star as the world-renowned athlete. Abraham Taylor is also on board to produce. Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo penned the original screenplay. Josh Aker will additionally executive produce, along with Justine Hunt for Box of Daylight Productions.

Regarded as one of the greatest athletes in the history of modern sports, Thorpe was also a member of the Sac and Fox Nation. In 1912, he won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide for Native Americans. He went on to play Major League Baseball, professional football and eventually founded the organization that became the NFL.

Cast & Characters

Martin Sensmeier (Jim Thorpe)


Jim Thorpe

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"I’m honored to be working on this project. I have had the privilege of spending time with Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film."
- Angelina Jolie

"My brother Richard and I are the only surviving children of Jim Thorpe. Our father’s accomplishments in life are a great source of pride to us. In the more than six decades since Burt Lancaster’s Jim Thorpe: All American, our family has heard of dozens of attempts to bring this story to modern audiences, but we have never shared the vision of a movie until the authentic portrayal in Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story."
- Bill Thorpe