Sports films remain Chadwick Boseman’s primary cinematic obsession. The star of 42 is putting down his baseball bat and picking up some shoulder pads for a role in the upcoming film, Draft Day.
After his latest film opened number one in the box office, Boseman is now negotiating to join the cast the NFL-centric feature being directed by Ivan Reitman.
The film stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in the story about a general manager (Costner) who must make some tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of the NFL draft. Boseman, in a key supporting role, will play a linebacker from Louisiana whose future is riding on Draft Day.
Boseman will join a cast that already includes Ellen Bursteyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella. Draft Day begins shooting next week, first in New York City to capture actual moments of the draft before moving to Cleveland.
Before being cast in 42, Boseman appeared as Hall of Fame football player, Floyd Little in The Express as well as additional appearances on TV shows such as Fringe, Justified, and Castle.