Disney has released a new McFarland, USA trailer for director Niki Caro’s inspirational sports drama. Based on 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. This is the kind of movie that Disney makes in its sleep, and it looks perfectly adequate. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but Costner’s been doing some interesting things lately so I’m sure he’ll be a considerable draw.
Check out the new McFarland, USA trailer after the jump. 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:
Based on 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.