Disney has released the first McFarland, USA trailer for Disney’s upcoming inspirational sports drama. Inspired by a true story, the film stars Kevin Costner as cross-country running coach who takes a position at a predominantly Latino high school in California’s Central Valley, where he turns an underdog team of outsiders into a formidable force in the region’s races. The trailer has all the hallmark’s that we’ve come to expect from Disney’s brand of inspirational dramas, right down to the crossing of cultural barriers and use of an uplifting pop song (in this case, U2‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name”). This movie won’t surprise anyone, but it looks to be a pretty interesting story that is hopefully told in a compelling manner by director Niki Caro.
Check out the first McFarland, USA trailer after the jump, along with some new images. The film also stars Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, and Chris Ellis. McFarland, USA opens in theaters on February 20, 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for McFarland, USA:
Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.