Clint Eastwood may have indicated that Gran Torino would be his last on-screen work, but he’s in front of the camera again in Trouble With the Curve, out Sept. 21.
The film uses baseball’s behind-the-scenes as a backdrop for a father-daughter reconciliation drama. Gus Lobel (Eastwood), is a legendary baseball talent scout—very rough around the edges—trying to keep his job in the new order of sports while struggling with failing eyesight and younger talent hoping to pass him by.
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While out on the road for one last recruiting trip, Lobel reacquaints with his daughter (Amy Adams). We also get tossed a love story as a young scout, Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake), a former baseball player that Lobel originally discovered, enters the fray to vie for Lobel’s daughter’s attention.
As the trailer shows, we can expect a little bit about baseball, but a lot more about relationships in this Robert Lorenz-directed film as Eastwood, 82, makes his first on-screen appearance—and in a major role—since Gran Torino in 2008. Will Warner Bros. push hard for an Oscar nomination for the legendary actor? We’ll know soon enough.