Chadwick Boseman’s star has risen significantly in the last couple of weeks, thanks to his lead role as Jackie Robinson in 42. Now he’s got a new part, and he’s sticking with sports, as THR reports he’s is in talks to join Kevin Costner in Draft Day. The trade also adds that veteran actress Ellen Burstyn is set to star too.
Kevin Costner will play the general manager of a struggling NFL team, who grapples with his personal and professional choices one day before the NFL American Football draft. Chadwick Boseman will play the integral role of a linebacker from Louisiana, whose entire livelihood depends on his selection in the draft. Burstyn meanwhile will play Costner’s mother, whose football coach husband recently passed away. Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, and Frank Langella are also attached to star.
Ivan Reitman is directing from a screenplay by Rajiv Joseph, which landed the top spot on the 2012 Black List. Production is scheduled to begin this week in New York, where they will capture actual footage from this year’s NFL Draft, before moving on to continue shooting in Cleveland.