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Kevin Costner doesn’t have Buddy Nix’s accent, Marv Levy’s knack for quoting aphorisms, or Bill Polian’s red hair, but Costner may be coming to the big screen playing the general manager of the Buffalo Bills.
A report in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog says Costner has signed on to play a fictitious Bills GM in a Paramount Pictures movie called “Draft Day,” to be directed by Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Stripes”).
The NFL is considering lending its support to the filmmakers, and perhaps taking a financial stake in the project, according to the Vulture report.
“Draft Day,” created by screenwriters Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, is the story of a Bills GM who has the first overall pick in the NFL draft. He spends draft day wheeling and dealing in an effort to build up the roster and make the franchise respectable again.
Deadline.com reported back in June that Paramount had acquired the film and that Reitman was involved. The writers of “Draft Day” are based in New York and were classmates at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Deadline said.
Costner is no stranger to sports films. He starred in “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams” and “Tin Cup,” among others.
Filming of “Draft Day” will reportedly begin in February, after the Super Bowl.