Superstar Tim McGraw will be playing the role of "Willie," a friend of the main protagonist in the faith-based movie The Shack. Moreover, McGraw will be contributing to the soundtrack. "Keep Your Eyes on Me," written and performed by McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, will be released as The Shack's title song.
The Shack is an upcoming American fantasy drama film directed by Stuart Hazeldine and written by John Fusco based on the 2007 novel of same name by William P. Young.The film stars McGraw, Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Graham Greene. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 3, 2017.
The film revolves around the story about a man named Mack Phillips. After his young daughter is murdered during a family camping trip, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to the shack where her body was found, deep in the Oregon wilderness.
Despite his doubts, Mack goes there and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. McGraw plays a friend of the main character, but it wasn't until after his acting duties were complete that producers asked him to write a song for the film.
"I was watching the movie with Faith, because they'd asked us to write a song for it. It wasn't completely finished yet, but it was done where you could get the essence of it," McGraw tells Country Countdown USA. "There must have been six parts where there were complete fall-apart moments. We walked out with some song ideas. Lori McKenna, Faith, I and Shane McAnally wrote the title song for the movie. I think it's going to touch a lot of people."
In addition to playing the character of Willie, McGraw also acts as The Shack's narrator. He admits that the role was a natural fit given his career.
"I didn't find it challenging; I liked it, actually," he shares. "Because, at my core of what I do, I think I'm a storyteller. I think that came naturally to me when I was reading the narration."
McGraw and Hill are also hitting the road for their Soul2Soul Tour beginning in early April.