A Rundown of The Cast of "Draft Day"

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The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team.
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April 9th, 2014

"Draft Day" is a fast-paced sports drama set to be released in theaters on April 11, 2014. The story follows Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the Cleveland Browns NFL team, as he fights to rebuild his struggling team by choosing the number one draft pick. The dreams and aspirations of various NFL hopefuls hinge on his decision, but things get messy when his personal life begins to blend with his professional career. "Draft Day" promises to be an engaging film for NFL fans everywhere, and its all-star cast ensures that the characters will be both entertaining and thoroughly interesting. The following are the actors and actresses set to play a role in the upcoming film.

Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr.

Kevin Costner shines as the lead character and manager of the Cleveland Browns. Costner is an actor from California best known for his starring roles in "Field of Dreams," "Dances with Wolves," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Waterworld." The actor started his acting career in 1981 with "Malibu Hot Summer," and he has been landing major roles in action flicks, dramas and sports films ever since. Costner's tough, imposing demeanor and subtle charm, as evidenced by previous roles, is sure to make him the perfect fit for the troubled team manager.

Jennifer Garner as Ali

Playing the respected and intelligent salary cap manager Ali, Jennifer Garner promises to bring a spirited presence to her role. Garner jump-started her acting career in 2001 on the TV series "Alias," and she has since starred in films such as "13 Going on 30," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "Juno." Garner is well known for her fun-loving nature and charisma both onscreen and off-screen, so her casting as an important role in "Draft Day" is bound to liven up even the most serious of scenes in the film.

Sam Elliot as Coach Moore

The legendary actor Sam Elliot plays the veteran NFL Coach Moore. Tall and wiry, Elliot has lent his acting talents to numerous Westerns over the years, becoming something of an icon for his spot-on portrayal of the American cowboy. Best known for his starring roles in "Tombstone" and "We Were Soldiers," the actor adds a touch of wisdom and humility to any character he portrays. With his characteristic mustache and deep, gravely voice, Elliot is expected to bring an interesting character in the mix.

Tom Welling as Brian Drew

Tom Welling, best known for his role as Clark Kent on the hit TV series "Smallville" plays the character of Brian Drew, of whom little is known as this point. The New York actor has also played roles in a number of other films, including "Cheaper by the Dozen," "The Fog" and "Parkland." Although he is most famous for his role as the young Superman, Welling has recently expanded his horizons as an actor, and his role in "Draft Day" will be a great opportunity for him to add even more variety to his repertoire.

Terry Crews as Earl Jennings

Portraying Earl Jennings, another character about whom little is known, is the athletic and charismatic Terry Crews. This actor makes an interesting addition to "Draft Day" because Crews actually played in the NFL for six years. Aside from his athletic career, Crews is known for his roles in comedies such as "Bridesmaids" and "Get Smart" as well as the TV series "Everybody Hates Chris." Whether or not Terry Crews will bring his tough-guy humor to his role in "Draft Day" is yet to be revealed.

Frank Langella as Harvey Molina

The owner of the Cleveland Browns is played by Frank Langella, a versatile stage and screen actor whose charisma is contagious. The actor has received critical acclaim for his performances on the New York stage, but he is also known for his roles in films such as "Robot & Frank," "Superman Returns" and "The Ninth Gate."

Denis Leary as Vince Penn

The NFL coach Vince Penn is played by the relatively unknown actor Denis Leary. The actor has appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Rescue Me," and he plays the voice of Diego in the animated film "Ice Age." Audiences are eager to see what is next in store for this up-and-coming actor.

"Draft Day" features an all-star cast of talented actors and actresses, but audiences must wait to discover more about the overall plot and atmosphere of this anticipated movie. Although the film is certainly geared toward NFL fans, its great cast and direction from Ivan Reitman is sure to make it an entertaining film that everyone can enjoy.