By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Jul 27, 2012 02:01 PM EDT
Clint Eastwood returns to the big screen in a film about a struggling family relationship twisted in a baseball-centered storyline that brings together families, athletes and scouts, unveiled by EntertainmentWeekly.com.
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Eastwood, 82, stars as Gus, an aging Atlanta Braves scout with vision problems whose daughter Mickey, played by Amy Adams, agrees to be his eyes on a recruiting trip.
"He gets his chance to prove whether he still has value as a scout-and as a dad," said Robert Lorenz, the film's producer. "They're having trouble communicating. They always have, and now they've come to a point in the relationship where it's either going to change or it's not. He needs a little help, and she decides it's worth the effort."
In the film, Gus has the risk of losing his job first because of his eyesight but also because the organization he works for wants younger recruiters to come in and lead the business. He gets in a dispute with one young Braves scout over ballplayer Bo Gentry, played by Joe Massingill, and vows to go on a road trip following Gentry and getting more information about him.
John Goodman and Justin Timberlake are also in the film. Gus is friends with young scout Johnny, played by Timberlake, who was himself recruited by Gus when he was a ballplayer.
Eastwood's decision to return to acting was influenced by his friendship with Lorenz, according to Entertainment Weekly. The two worked together on several films where Lorenz acted as assisted director, including "Million Dollar Baby" and "Mystic River." Lorenz asking Eastwood about starring in his new film and actor agreed to step back in front of the camera, the magazine reported.
Eastwood has not starred in a film since "Gran Torino" in 2008. "Trouble With the Curve" is also the first film the actor will star in almost 20 years in which he did not direct himself, according to Entertainment Weekly. The film is a directorial debut for Lorenz and the baseball drama will be in theatres on Sept. 28.
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