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Kevin Costner plays for sporting chance in Draft Day

Published on Apr 10, 2014 10:13 AM
Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner at the after party for their film Draft Day on April 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A resurgent Kevin Costner makes another play for big-screen success in his latest movie Draft Day, returning to the sports genre he has scored big hits with in the past.

The film is the third in four months - after Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days To Kill - by the 59-year-old actor, whose career has known some low moments since 1990's Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves. Directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, No Strings Attached) it recounts the day of the draft, the annual high-stakes, high-profile event when major National Football League (NFL) clubs bid for players from college team ranks.

Costner's character Sonny is general manager of the Cleveland Browns, facing decisive choices for his club while also in demand with his girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner) and mother Barb (Ellen Burstyn).

"I loved the idea of a character who is under pressure from the moment a story begins, and the pressure just keeps mounting," Reitman told a Beverly Hills press conference ahead of the movie's US release this Friday, April 11, 2014.

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