Variety reports that Helen Hunt ( Soul Surfer ), Rhea Perlman and Moon Bloodgood ( Terminator Salvation ) have joined the independent drama The Surrogate (not to be confused with the possible Paul Verhoeven film ).

John Hawkes ( Winter’s Bone ) will play Mark O’Brien, “a paraplegic polio victim who lived most of his life in an iron lung, paralyzed from the neck down.” The real O’Brien is expected to appear early in the film using stock footage.

The trade adds that the film, set in the late ’80s, “finds the lonely O’Brien contacting a sex surrogate to take his virginity. Period pic will explore O’Brien’s manhood and depict his strong spirit through his relationships with nurses, caregivers, a hip priest, and of course, his surrogate.”

Hunt will…

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