March 28, 2009 at 05:38 AM EDT

Kathy Bates has been added to the cast of The Blind Side, the fact-based football dramedy to which Sandra Bullock is already attached, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bates will play a tutor hired to help raise the homeless young football prospect taken in Bullock’s character. John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) is directing the film, based on Michael Lewis’ best-selling book The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game.

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