Ellen Burstyn Joins Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner In Draft Day

Ivan Reitman continues to cast an all-star team for his upcoming NFL-geared comedy Draft Day, which begins shooting next week in New York. THR reports that Ellen Burstyn has nabbed the role of Kevin Costner’s mom in the picture. She’ll join Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Frank Langella, who already had been cast.

The movie’s shaping up to be one of those Costner-centric sports dramadies that boil down to a very specific moment while speaking to much larger topics and themes. Think Sam Raimi’s For the Love of the Game or even Field of Dreams. In the film, Costner plays the general manager of an NFL team who must get his personal and professional life in order on the eve before the NFL Draft. Burstyn, we learn in the trade story, will play Costner’s mother who recently lost her husband – a one-time football coach – who now must make amends with her son.

Part of me can’t believe that Burstyn’s actually old enough to possibly play Costner’s mom, but at 80, it’s not as much of a stretch as I initially assumed. And adding a talent like Burstyn to any film is going to make the material that much better. The Oscar winner hasn’t been on screen in a major motion picture since playing Barbara Bush in Oliver Stone’s W., so this is a welcome surprise.

Costner, meanwhile, continues to line up his string of higher-profile gigs after sitting it out for a short amount of time. Obviously he’s playing Pa Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel. He’s also going to mentor Chris Pine in the new Jack Ryan movie. But I’m most excited to seem him return to the field of sports dramas, where he frequently excels.

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