In what will be his first role since booking the lead in 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic which opened impressively last weekend, Chadwick Boseman is in talks to join the cast of another sports drama, this time playing a linebacker in a project to be directed by Ivan Reitman titled Draft Day.
Boseman will be joining a cast that includes Kevin Costner who’ll star as an NFL team’s General Manager who is faced with tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of NFL Draft.
Also in the cast are Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella. Although no word on what roles exactly these actors will play.
Boseman, however, is in talks to assume what is being described as a key supporting role, playing a linebacker from Louisiana who’s hoping to get drafted by an NFL team.
Shooting is set to start next week in New York, where and when the real-life NFL draft day will take place at Radio City Music Hall, then moves to Cleveland.
I’ve been pondering Boseman’s potential future in Hollywood – especially as a future leading man. This casting doesn’t affect much of what I was thinking, but I’m happy to see him book a follow-up role to 42. He’s definitely talented and should hopefully have a lengthy career as an actor. I certainly hope this isn’t the beginning of a string of projects in which he’s typecast as an athlete.