Kevin Costner In Talks To Star In McFarland
It's been a good year for Kevin Costner. Not only did Hatfield & McCoys perform very well in the ratings, but the History miniseries also earned itself numerous Emmy nominations this week, including one for Costner in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries category for his portrayal of "Devil" Anse Hatfield in the three-part miniseries. When he isn't wielding a shotgun for a role, Costner's made a name for himself in various features, many of which were sports-related (Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, American Flyers and For Love of the Game to name a few). So this latest bit of casting news for Disney and Mayhem Pictures' drama McFarland seems like somewhat familiar territory in that respect.
Variety reports that Costner is in final negotiations to star in McFarland, a Niki Caro directed movie based on a true story about a high school coach who settles into McFarland, California, a poor, Latino community, and turns the cross-country team into a "championship-winning dynasty." The film is described as "a cross between Remember the Titans and Coach Carter." Assuming Costner's deal goes through, he'll play the lead role of the coach in the move.
The story sounds familiar enough, especially when factoring in the referenced movies also involving inspirational coaches rallying kids and helping raise their self esteem through some sport-related endeavor. It's probably fair to suggest that these kinds of uplifting, motivating stories will never go out of style. It sounds like a good part for Costner, whose next job has him playing Superman's adoptive father Jonathan Kent in the highly anticipated Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel.
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