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Chadwick Boseman In Talks To Play Linebacker w/ NFL Dreams In Kevin Costner Sports Drama

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 19, 2013 6:02 PM
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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 GarnerEllen 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.

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  • Chris | April 23, 2013 11:04 AMReply

    Sad to say but if Chadwick was white there would be much bigger buzz on this guy now.

  • HarveyDent322 | April 19, 2013 9:52 PMReply

    Wouldn't mind seeing him play John Stewart, Green Lantern, in a Justice League or solo feature one day.

  • ALM | April 19, 2013 10:10 PM

    Yes!!!! Or he could be the Black Panther, as someone else mentioned on a previous post. *Swoons*

  • ALM | April 19, 2013 8:34 PMReply

    Lord, Jesus this man.....Thank you Jesus! Ahem......

    Congrats to him. I hope that he doesn't become typecast in sports roles. I loved him on "Lincoln Heights".

  • Orville | April 19, 2013 6:19 PMReply

    Wow Mike, Boseman just got the lead role in 42 and it is doing very well at the box office. If a year or two by now Boseman didn't get a lead role your argument might might sense. But Boseman is getting a lot of press right now I am sure his agents are working hard to get the guy a big lead role soon. Boseman is hot right now and Hollywood is all about the money this guy is definitely going to get more offers.

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 19, 2013 11:29 PM

    He's getting a whole lot of press because he is available to sit down with every TV news show and second rate newspaper. Why? Because he has nothing else on his plate. Unlke some actors who can only afford for about a week to leave the set of the current film they are working on in order to promote a previous film they did that is heading to the theaters, Boseman doesn't have any film responsibilities or commitments other than "42" so he has time to spare to sell the flick to the media. If he was a white actor the curiosity over his being picked from out of the blue for a lead role in a major film would have immediately led to him being considered for other high profile projects. This is the Hollywood studio system method of making sure not to miss out on possibly The Next Big Thing. Hell, the trailers alone that generated so much buzz for "42" would have led to offers for Boseman if he was a white guy or if we lived in a world of true equality. And after the film opened successfully and Boseman had gotten pretty much positive reviews across the board from critics and great responses from moviegoers, someone would have snapped him up on the spot for a major role in some big time film....if of course he was white. Hollywood is all about finding the next great white male star and it will try its best to help artificially create roughly ten of them annually (in the end most don't live up to expectations for one reason or another). No one else gets those same opportunities, not even white actresses who themselves, when they are young enough, mostly titilate producers, directors and studio execs only for their potential to play the "hot girlfriend" type for white male characters.

    Boseman is 36, folks. That ain't exactly young even for a male getting his first major role in a major motion picture. Before you can blink he'll be forty so he needs to get a move on now if he wants a career as a leading man because he has a lot of lost time to make up for. We don't need to go over the many black actors who also looked as if they were on the road to true stardom only to have their dreams stalled or shattered altogether. I mean its good that Boseman is young-looking enough to get away with playing a NFL draft pick (most of whom are no older than 23), but it doesn't seem like an ideal part (because of typecasting as an athlete mostly).

  • Mike | April 19, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    Even more proof that Hollywood dosent care for new black leading men

    If this guy was white he'd be offered leading roles , especially after starring in a leading role of a box officie hit

    Hell probably turn into an "anthony mackie" ....secondary to white leads moive after movie after movie

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