Kevin Costner Stars in ‘McFarland, USA’ – An Inspirational Sports Story

McFarland USA Starring Kevin Costner
Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts) and Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in ‘McFarland, USA’ (Photo by Ron Phillips © Disney 2015)

Kevin Costner’s no stranger to sports movies (Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Draft Day, For Love of the Game, etc) and he’s back in that world with Disney’s McFarland, USA which has just released a new trailer. This time around he plays the coach of a cross-country team in a story based on real events. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), the cast also includes 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.

Disney will open McFarland, USA in theaters on February 20, 2015.

The Plot:

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.

Watch the trailer:

-By Rebecca Murray

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