Trace Adkins conquered the small screen last year as the 2008 runner-up on 'Celebrity Apprentice' appeared as himself -- and the Angel of Death -- in the big-screen feature, 'An American Carol.' Now he's headed back to theaters in an independent film titled 'Lifted.' It's the story of Henry Matthews, a talented young singer whose family life is disrupted when his Marine father is re-deployed to Afghanistan.

Trace will play country superstar Jimmy Knox, the guest judge of an 'American Idol'-like show called 'Teen Starquest.' Henry, portrayed by newcomer 12-year-old Uriah Shelton, is a 'Starquest' hopeful in the film.

Others in the cast include Dash Mihok, Nicki Aycox, James Handy and 'American Idol' season two winner Ruben Studdard.

'Lifted' is slated to be released in September 2010.