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First Trailer For Pro-Football Drama 'Draft Day' (Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Chi McBride)

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 23, 2013 6:51 PM
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Draft Day

There are 3 kinds of projects that, when announced, you can almost guarantee will mean work for black actors: movies or TV shows that tell stories about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; movies or TV shows set in prisons; movies or TV shows centered around sports - especially if the sport is football, basketball, baseball or track. 

I'm being partly facetious, but you all know what's up! I should be preaching to the choir here.

One thing that immediately struck me about this first trailer for Draft Day is just how much it impresses the unfortunate reality that is the absence of black people in the executive suites of professional sports. Despite the fact that the overwhelming number of active NFL players are black (stats have the number at somewhere between 65 and 70%), ownership, management, and coaching of NFL teams is a majority white.

I believe a full 100% of the majority owners in the league are white. Although, one of the co-stars of Draft DaySean 'Diddy' Combs, recently said that he planned to change that soon, by becoming the league's first majority owner.

Draft Day's cast includes, in addition to Combs, Chadwick BosemanTerry CrewsChi McBrideDavid Ramsey, and Arian Foster (who actually plays for the Houston Texans). And I mention then specifically because they are black. But the film isn't about them, which explains why none of them (except for a millisecond glimpse at Boseman), features in the trailer.

Kevin Costner stars in the film as an NFL team's General Manager who is faced with tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of the NFL Draft. Ivan Reitman directed the upcoming film, which is set for an April 112014 release date, via Lionsgate.

Also in the cast are Jennifer GarnerEllen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella.

I'd guess that all the brothas are probably playing football players - except maybe Chi McBride.

Based on the below first trailer, this looks like a more reverential version of a previous football drama, Any Given Sunday, with Kevin Costner as the Al Pacino character (although Pacino was a coach not a GM), Jennifer Garner playing the role Cameron Diaz played in that film, and Chadwick Boseman stepping into Jamie Foxx's shoes.

We'll see.

Here's the trailer for Draft Day:

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  • Alias | December 27, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    Serena and Venus Williams own a minority stake in the Miami Dolphins. As for Diddy, good luck with that. It's not as easy to buy a stake in a team as he tries to make it sound -- especially for an established, legacy franchise.

  • EP | December 26, 2013 12:29 PMReply

    Looks Horrible .....and The Browns are garbage anyway.

  • CareyCarey | December 24, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    One thing for certain, two for sure, if Kevin Costner's involved, this movie will have bits of suspense and intrigue, and may well be very entertaining. I've yet to see (off the top of my head) any of Costner's films that have not been, at the very least - a movie that did not hold my interest nor left me with a feeling of being cheated out of my money. I believe most will agree with that sentiment? And, from the looks of this trailer (the racial issue aside) this movie will not leave me wanting.

    Having said that, when I look at the black cast members, especially Sean 'Diddy' Combs and with the exception of Chi McBride, I am NOT left with the feeling of "this is must see entertainment". To the contrary, if Puff Daddy is in ANY way involved with a movie/film/stage play, I immediately exist stage left.

  • CareyCarey | December 26, 2013 1:05 AM

    Miles, I checked out the trailer for The Postman (and I read the synopsis). I don't believe I've seen that movie. I will however rectify that problem in the near future.

    Tonight it's Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. I am not expecting the best but we'll see. It may be merely something to wind down on and fall asleep on after a loooong day with family.

    Btw, I didn't mind Any Given Sunday but Moneyball was not my cup of tea (didn't like it).

  • Miles Ellison | December 25, 2013 11:56 PM

    Costner (with those two exceptions) generally delivers decent entertainment. In the case of this movie, it looks like an inferior mashup of Moneyball and Any Given Sunday.

  • CareyCarey | December 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    *LOL*... Miles, I knew you'd hit me with that. But in fact, I did see Waterword and found it to be entertaining. It wasn't his best film but it had its moments. The Postman? I can't remember.

  • Miles Ellison | December 25, 2013 2:50 AM

    You obviously haven't seen Waterworld and The Postman.

  • shoe 'dem hooves brand name style | December 24, 2013 7:16 PMReply

  • blackman | December 24, 2013 12:59 PMReply

    modern day slave trade

  • ColletteMayhew | December 24, 2013 5:25 AMReply

    The First Tralior is so very Interesting and Mind Blowing to watch .

  • Miles Ellison | December 23, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    This looks like a bad Kevin Costner movie.

  • Darkan | December 23, 2013 8:25 PMReply

    Where's the BLACK people who are supposed to be in the film!? If you blink you wouldn't see Chadwick make his cameo. Unreal. Won't be supporting this blase film. SMDH.

  • Josh | December 23, 2013 7:18 PMReply

    There's so much real life draft intrigue I can't imagine going to the theater to watch a fake draft.

  • Chris | December 23, 2013 7:03 PMReply

    "Draft Day" looks more like a football version of "Moneyball."

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