In Draft Day, Kevin Costner is the G.M. of the Cleveland Browns, a franchise that has never won a Super Bowl in a town that hasn’t won a major sports championship since 1964. He’s got a passionate fan base that is counting on him to turn around the team’s fortunes, a billionaire owner (Frank Langella) who wants to make a big splash at the NFL Draft, and an arrogant coach (Denis Leary) who thinks he can “shop for the groceries” better than his nominal boss. But Costner’s Sonny Weaver is a Moneyball type – “You see things other people don’t see,” says Jennifer Garner – and he’s about to use all his Jedi mind tricks of negotiation to rebuild the team in his image.
The real star of the trailer, though, and presumably the film, is the NFL. From the ESPN Draft Day television crew to commissioner Roger Goodell to the licensed footage of hard-hitting gridiron action, director Ivan Reitman clearly won over the league, a nice get that spares viewers phony teams and old footage of USFL games. The Cleveland Browns lend this movie, based on a Black List script from Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, legitimacy. As does Costner in a sports movie, where we seem to love him best. Watch it below: