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Kevin Costner Running with Disney’s ‘McFarland’

Thesp to return to sports drama genre after 'Field of Dreams,' 'Tin Cup' and 'For the Love of the Game'

“Man of Steel’s” Kevin Costner is adding another film to his recent feature resurgence.

The thesp has closed a deal to star in Disney’s sports drama “McFarland,” that Niki Caro will direct for the studio.

Based on a true story, Costner will play a coach living in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that must overcome social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.

This is the latest sports drama from Disney after pics like “Miracle,” “Invincible” and “Remember the Titans.” It also is in production on baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Lake Bell, “Life of Pi’s” Suraj Sharma and “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Madhur Mittal, about two India-born kids who sign professional baseball contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates after winning a reality show.

Disney began negotiating with Costner to star in “McFarland” last summer.

The drama will be produced by Mayhem Pictures’ Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, both behind “Invincible” and “Secretariat.”

Costner is no stranger to the sports drama, of course, having already headlinedField of Dreams,” “Tin Cup” and “For the Love of the Game.”

Costner has seen a revitalization in his career, starting with the huge success of the History Channel miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” which won him an Emmy. Since then, Costner has been busy building his film slate with big roles in “Man of Steel,” “Jack Ryan” and another sports pic, “Draft Day.” He is currently filming “Black and White” with Octavia Spencer.

He’s repped by WME and One Talent Management.

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