God needed a fighter, and He found one. Father Stu is based on the true-life story of boxer-turned-priest, Father Stuart Long. Written and directed by Rosalind Ross, and starring Academy Award NomineeÂ® Mark Wahlberg (Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006) as Father Stu, along with Academy Award WinnerÂ® Mel Gibson (Best Director, Braveheart, 1995) and Academy Award NomineeÂ® Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actor, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012). The film is produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Jordon Foss and executive produced by Miky Lee, Colleen Camp, Patrick Peach and Tony Grazia. A Montana Native, Father Stuart Long was raised in Helena and graduated from Carroll College.