Clint Eastwood is back. To acting, anyway. Or, to be more precise, to acting and not directing. For the first time since 1993′s In the Line of Fire, Eastwood is not behind the camera (though he is producing) but in front of the camera for the baseball scout drama Trouble with the Curve. Instead, the directing duties are being handled by first-time helmer Robert Lorenz, Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. Trouble With the Curve stars Eastwood as an aging Atlanta Braves scout with vision problems named Gus, who recruits his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to be his eyes for a recruiting trip.
“He gets his chance to prove whether he still has value as a scout—and as a dad,” Lorenz told Entertainment Weekly. “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.” EW has also released some first-look photos from the project, which co-stars Justin Timberlake as a rival scout who respects Gus, and soon finds that he has feelings for his daughter as well.
As evidenced in the photo, Timberlake’s Johnny and Eastwood’s Gus bond in the movie, with Johnny stepping in to help Mickey resolve her relationship with her father. “At every moment she’s ready to throw it in, Justin’s character is there to sort of remind her of the value of continuing to pursue their relationship,” said Lorenz.
Co-starring in the movie is John Goodman as Gus’ boss Pete, who urges Mickey to help her father on his scouting trip. “He recognizes that Gus is at risk of losing his job,” Lorenz explained. “There are younger people at the organization who think it’s time for new blood. Gus is old school, and they want to move him out.”
Written by newcomer Randy Brown, Trouble With the Curve co-stars Matthew Lillard (The Descendants) as a younger Braves recruiter who disagrees with Eastwood and provides the catalyst for Gus to take his daughter on the scouting trip.