‘Draft Day’ Trailer & Poster: Kevin Costner Versus the NFL Draft

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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 poster Draft Day Trailer & Poster: Kevin Costner Versus the NFL Draft

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 DurhamFor 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 (GhostbustersDaveTwins), 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

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  1. Well, he certainly never lost his touch as an actor but after watching this trailer, there’s literally no reason for me to be excited by it. I don’t even get excited during football’s Transfer Deadline Day twice a year (the only entertaining thing I’ve seen during it was at the start of 2013 when one player was convinced he’d be joining a team and turned up at their training ground with TV cameras watching him while the team in question locked the gates to keep him out and eventually revealed they weren’t interested in buying him after all, that was hilarious).

    Also, for the record, I may be the only person in the world who actually likes Waterworld.

    • Are you talking about the same football? Because I’m a pretty big NFL fan and have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Dazz is from the UK so he I assume he is talking about what you would call soccer.

    • I also like Waterworld.

  2. So, in one movie we have quite a collection of comic book heroes & villains: Kevin Costner (Man of Steel), Tom Welling (Smallville), Frank Langella (Superman Returns/Masters of the Universe), Jennifer Garner (Daredevil/Elektra), Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Ramsey (Arrow), Josh Pence (TDKR) and Mr. Sam Elliot (Hulk/Ghost Rider) … not too shabby. Costner’s sports movies have tended to define his career, though this looks a little closer to For Love of the Game than Field of Dreams; thankfully not Tin Cup. Still, I’ll look forward to seeing it if only because I’m a fan.

  3. Tom Welling (aka Smallville’s Clark Kent), Frank Langella (aka Superman Returns’s Perry White) and Kevin Costner (aka Man of Steel’s Pa Kent)……AWESOME!

  4. Do we not count The Guardian as one of his greats? Epic and I watch it at least once a year.

  5. The NFL Draft is one of my favorite things to watch. I love making Mock Drafts and the like. I’m positive this is gonna be one of my favorites of the year simply because of the premise. Looks promising.

  6. As a Browns fan, you can bet I’ll be seeing this. But what also intrigues me is this “football” movie seems, at least from this trailer, to have very little football in it. It appears the draft is the climax of the film. I liked “Moneyball” but it still had some baseball in it with their win streak at the end of the season if I remember right. But “Draft Day,” well this could be a whole new sports movie with the sport it is based on little more than peeking from the background.

  7. The NFL isn’t pimping the hell out of it? Where there is an opportunity for $ to be made, ye shall seekth it.

  8. So does Roger Goodell have a SAG card now? So it looks like we have another sports movie that’s not really about sports, it’s about the human condition or something like that. Why can’t we just have a sports movie about sports?

  9. This movie will be pure fantasy. The Cleveland Browns turning around to be a contender? :D

  10. this looks interesting..in the vein of Jerry Maguire and Brad Pitt’s ball flick (forgot the name).

    at this rate, Costner could get a serious career resurrection.