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[VIDEO] Draft Day Chadwick Boseman Exclusive

Actor/Playright/Director Chadwick Boseman (center) as ficticious football player Vontae Mack in "Draft Day". (Courtesy: Summit Entertainment)

(AURN/Summit Entertainment) -- In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick.  He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. 


Draft Day stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn; is directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, from a script by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman.  The film also features Frank Langella, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Chadwick Boseman, Rosanna Arquette, W. Earl Brown, Kevin Dunn, Arian Foster, Brad William Henke, Chi McBride, Griffin Newman, Josh Pence, David Ramsey, Patrick St. Esprit, Timothy Simons, Tom Welling, and Wade Williams, .

NFL players now on NFL Network Demario Davis, James Brewer, Ramses Barden, Zoltan Mesko, and Stephen Hill; as well as NFL Network and ESPN on-air talent Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock, Deion Sanders, Chris Berman, Mel Kiper and Jon Grudenalso appear in the film.

For the uninitiated, the NFL draft is the three-day event (the film takes place in the first of the three days), where eligible college players are selected by the 32 teams in the League to join their organization.  The order of draft is determined by the previous season, and draft positions are in reverse order of how the team finished, for example the last place team chooses first, and on down the line.

Once assigned this position, the team can either draft a player in that position, or trade their position (or future positions) to another team for another draft position, a player or players—or any combination of those elements. In the case of General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr., his team begins with the seventh draft pick…until Sonny begins his day of maneuvering and counter-moves, and he attains the Number One position going into the draft that evening.

“I love the idea that the whole movie takes place in about twelve hours, starting very early in the morning in Seattle and then working its way across the country,” adds Reitman.  “As the clock ticks down to the beginning of the draft, then through the three hours of the first round, and then finally in the hour after that first round is over.  It's all there.” - Chadwick Boseman


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