After directing the Best Foreign Language Oscar-winning film “The Secret In Our Eyes,” Juan Jose Campanella has done everything except make a feature-length follow up. Instead, he’s helmed episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “House,” Argentinian mini-series “The Man Of Your Dreams,” upcoming entries in the next season of “Halt & Catch Fire” and more. And now, he’s taken another left turn with the animated family film “Underdogs,” known abroad as “Metegol.” And after opening internationally across 2013 and 2014, the movie is coming to U.S. shores this year, and a new trailer has arrived.
Featuring an English-language cast that includes Nicholas Hoult, Ariana Grande, and Matthew Morrison, this tale involves foosball, soccer, love, kidnapping, and the adventure to save a small village. Maybe you should just read the official synopsis:
From Academy Award® winning director Juan Jose Campanella comes UNDERDOGS, an animated comedy with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of heart. Jake (Matthew Morrison) is a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life. He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town, and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day.
“Underdogs” opens on April 10th. Get your laces on below.