Kevin Costner will star in Disney’s latest sports drama, an upcoming film titled McFarland.
In this movie, which is based on a true story, Costner plays cross country coach Jim “Blanco” White, who puts together a high school track team of Latino students in the small, impoverished town of McFarland, California during the 1980s, then leads the struggling squad to victory. Initially an outsider who has trouble relating to students, White eventually gains the trust of his young athletes, then helps the team overcome social and physical obstacles to become championship contenders.
This project follows a number of other inspirational sports movies produced by Walt Disney Pictures, including the recently released Million Dollar Arm.
Starring as White’s wife Cheryl is Maria Bello, recently seen in the big screen thriller Prisoners. Also cast are Morgan Saylor of TV’s Homeland, Vincent Martella (The Walking Dead), Daniel Moncada (Breaking Bad), Diana Maria Riva (Saint George) and Carlos Pratts (Paranormal Activity:The Marked Ones).
Inspired by a Los Angles Times article published in 1997, the screenplay for this motion picture was penned by actor/writer Grant Thompson. Glory Road screenwriters Chris Cleveland and Bettina Gilois are also credited. The film was directed by Niki Caro (North Country).
McFarland will hit theaters nationwide on Nov. 21.