Smallville's Tom Welling Hits The Gridiron In Ivan Reitman's Draft Day
The NFL Draft was held just two weeks ago, and while it is tempting to just spend the rest of this story talking about all the surprise picks and equally surprising snubs, this is Cinema Blend, not Nickís Football Blog. Luckily, the Draft is where production began on Ivan Reitmanís next film, the football comedy Draft Day, which added a slew of actors just before the Draft started. If youíre like me, you figured that the filmís casting process was over, but that isnít the case at all.
Superman has joined the film, or at least Smallvilleís Tom Welling has, according to Deadline. Welling hasnít been in a feature film since the one-two punch of 2005ís Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the remake of The Fog, but he appeared for ten seasons as Clark Kent on CWís Smallville, and heíll be playing secret service agent Roy Kellerman in Peter Landesmanís upcoming JFK drama Parkland.
For Draft Day, Welling will play veteran Brian Drew, a past-his-prime quarterback whose career is in question. Iím assuming he plays for the Cleveland Browns, the team at the filmís center, though the Deadline story doesnít make that clear. Kevin Costner plays the Brownsí GM, whose main goal is acquiring the first pick of the NFL Draft and saving football in his city. Iíll go ahead and also assume that a Brian Drew trade will be at the center of the Browns getting that first round pick. I just hope heís not as arrogant as Corbin Bernsenís Roger Dorn in Major League.
The film also stars Frank Langella as the Brownsí owner, Jennifer Garner as Costnerís secretary and Ellen Burstyn as Costnerís mother. The surrounding cast includes Timothy Simons, Chad Boseman, Terry Crews, Sean Combs and Rosanna Arquette. The cast is nearly the size of a starting lineup, so letís hope they cooperate nearly as well.
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