The apex of Kevin Costner’s long, iconic career came in the form of his monumentally successful 1990 Western epic Dances With Wolves, which won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Costner. For many, the actor-director’s downturn started with 1995’s Waterworld followed by apocalyptic-mailman debacle The Postman.
The truth, of course, is that Kevin Costner never really stopped working, but never quite re-captured his post-Dances With Wolves level of stardom. The past half-decade or so has seen a period of rehabilitation for the actor’s career, arguably beginning with his surprisingly arresting turn as a serial killer in Mr. Brooks, along with his role as a mentor figure for Ben Affleck’s bitter, laid-off corporate drone in The Company Men. Then came his killer role in The History Channel’s surprise hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys as well as the high-profile performance of Superman’s foster father Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel, providing that film with an emotional depth missing from this year’s other superhero films.
The next few years will see slew of films with Kevin Costner either front and center or in a key supporting role. He’ll be Chris Pine’s handler in January’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and then front and center as general manager of the Cleveland Browns football team in Draft Day.
Check out the trailer above (courtesy of Yahoo! Movies) and read the film’s synopsis here:
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
We also have a look at movie’s full poster (click for full-size):
Draft Day returns Costner to the sports world, but this time to football instead of baseball, which some of his best known films have been associated with (including Bull Durham, For Love of the Game, and Field of Dreams, the screening of which is one of the most efficient ways to make a grown man cry).
The movie’s first trailer promises a good amount of Costner’s engaging approach to smarm, as well as a somewhat confusing romantic subplot with Jennifer Garner (apparently), along with a contentious relationship with the Browns’ head coach, (Denis Leary) and owner (Frank Langella). Will this come across as a football-centric version of Moneyball? Not according to this trailer, but the script by Nurse Jackie writer Rajiv Joseph and co-writer Scott Rothman was number one on last year’s Black List (a collection of the year’s top unproduced screenplays), so it may have a few surprises in store.
Draft Day also marks the return of legendary comedy director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Dave, Twins), who saw a string of flops as a director (Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) only to bounce back with 2011’s No Strings Attached, which was a sizable hit. Reitman used to knock this kind of broad crowd-pleaser out of the park (to mix my sports metaphors), but this story looks like it could turn saccharine all too easily. We’ll find out in April of next year.
Draft Day opens in theaters on April 11, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies