The Secret: Dare to Dream
Is a romantic drama based on the groundbreaking 2006 book by Rhonda Byrne which went on to become a global phenomenon, empowering millions to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. The Secret, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 different languages, and remained on “The New York Times” bestseller list for 190 weeks, teaches that our thoughts shape our reality and that human beings can control their lives with their minds and achieve their desires through the law of attraction. Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes) is a hard-working young widow, continually struggling to make ends meet in rural Louisiana while raising three children -- Missy, Greg, and Bess. Miranda is dating Tucker (Jerry O’Connell), whose wealthy family owns the local restaurant where she works. Tucker is in love with Miranda and expresses his affection for the widow and her family through acts of generosity. Miranda, though she cares deeply for Tucker, prefers to maintain her independence and is not quite ready to fully commit. Before long, a mysterious man named Bray Johnson (Josh Lucas) suddenly appears in Miranda’s life to fix her house in the aftermath of a terrible storm. As she gets to know him, the handyman begins to grow closer to Miranda and her family, and he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want. However, Miranda soon discovers Bray carries a secret connection to her past.
The Story Behind The Secret
It was toward the end of 2004 and following a string of traumatic events in her personal and professional life, that Rhonda Byrne discovered a great secret – a secret law and principle of the universe. Rhonda’s daughter had given her a copy of The Science of Getting Rich, a book written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. Of that moment, Rhonda recalls, “Something inside of me had me turning the pages one-byone, and I can still remember my tears hitting the pages as I was reading it. It gave me a glimpse of what came to be known as The Secret and it was like a flame inside of my heart.” What followed was a two-month odyssey of research and investigation as Rhonda traced The Secret back through thousands of years, incorporating almost every religion and field of human endeavor throughout history. Almost immediately, Rhonda’s life was transformed as she began to put into practice all she had learned. And in that moment, her greatest wish and new life mission was to share this knowledge with the world. page 4 In The Secret documentary film and her book of the same name, both released in 2006, Rhonda Byrne presents teachers alive today who impart this special wisdom that has been known by so few. They include some of the world’s leaders in the fields of business, economics, medicine, psychology, history, theology, and science. The Secret reveals amazing real-life stories of regular people who have changed their lives in profound ways. By applying The Secret, they present instances of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles and achieving what many would regard as impossible. The Secret shows how to apply this powerful knowledge to your life in every area from health to wealth, to success and relationships. Rhonda Byrne, who was on set during filming on location in Louisiana, reveals, "I think The Secret team always knew there would be a movie, at some point, beyond the documentary. We just didn't know yet what shape that film would take." Writer Bekah Brunstetter says Byrne’s The Secret not only was the source material for the screenplay for The Secret: Dare to Dream but proved to positively impact many other aspects of her life. “From the get-go, Robert Cort and Rhonda Byrne trusted and believed in the script, the world of ideas, and my characters. It started small, with a story about a family struggling to make ends meet, and to find joy after loss. As I developed the script with Robert and Rhonda, The Secret's message became even more clear and applicable not just to the characters, but to other areas of my life. What's been so profound for me is the simple truth that I have control over how I view the world. Regardless of my circumstances, I can choose to be positive! I have that control. It's a small but life changing magic. And it's so liberating. I'm all about putting positive, life affirming, family stories into the world, right now. And I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of this movie.”