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Jennifer Garner Suiting Up For Black List Approved ‘Draft Day'

by Tess Hofmann
April 2, 2013 4:56 PM
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It may have been a bittersweet moment for Jennifer Garner watching “Argo” win Best Picture at the Oscars. Of course she was probably proud of her hubby, but it must be tough watching Ben Affleck receive accolades on accolades when her own career has been effectively praise-free since “Juno.” From “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “Arthur,” and “Butter,” to her most recent “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” we were starting to question her taste. But she might finally have a hit on her hands, as Variety reports that she is in negotiations to star in Black List topperDraft Day” with Kevin Costner.

The Black List distinction should at least mean that this has a solid shot at decency. The story follows Costner as the manager of the Buffalo Bills trying to secure the number one pick for his team on draft day. Garner would play his secretary. Ivan Reitman is set to direct.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, this marks a resurrection for the project, which was originally set up at Paramount and went into turnaround when their option ran out. The Black List announcement reignited interest and Summit then snatched it up. Just another testament to the Black List’s power, as this will have the potential to jump start the movie careers of relative unknown writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (the former is a Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright). The talent attached seems a bit stuffy so far, but then again, maybe the casting will be perfect for a good old, apparently well-written football movie.

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  • Bo | April 3, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    This is actually going to shoot in Cleveland, and Costner plays the GM of the Cleveland Browns.

  • BEF | April 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    Yep, the Browns beat the Bills out because Ohio has better tax incentives. The Browns might make more sense, anyhow, as they've been picking higher than the Bills lately anyway. Also Cleveland news say that this is starting filming in May, so probably just the first in a batch of casting news.

    I'd give you guys a link, but I guess you'll have to do that on your own since it thought my link was spam.

  • Ali | April 2, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    Jennifer Garner has chosen to make her family life top priority. She chooses films that do not conflict with her family schedule. There is no need to knock her for it.

  • fern | April 2, 2013 5:24 PMReply

    I pretty much agree with you guys about her choices lately but she's also got Dallas Buyers Club with McConaughey coming out later this year which seems like it should have potential. Add his solid choices lately and it reaffirms the potential of the project.

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