Brandon Routh, best known for his portrayal of Clark Kent and Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns, has been cast as the lacrosse coach in Crooked Arrows, a planned film about an American Indian high school lacrosse team. Routh, who is of Kickapoo heritage, told Variety: "I was moved by the script. ... While it has all the ingredients of a classic underdog sports movie, it actually appealed to me on a deeper level. I think the father-son and brother-sister dynamics of the story are compelling, as is [the] more spiritual Native American aspect."
Crooked Arrows represents a very deliberate attempt to make the quintessential lacrosse film. "Every great sport has its movie," says a promotional video on the homepage at CrookedArrows.com, "except lacrosse." The video cites such memorable movies as Rudy, Hoosiers, Miracle and The Natural. The team of producers includes J. Todd Peck, who recently executive-produced the Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right, and Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story, Can't Buy Me Love, sequels to American Pie and Bring It On) will direct.
The film's plot, as described in an article at InsideLacrosse.com, may resonate with many American Indian communities. Routh's character is a former college star player who returns to the reservation after business school; out of touch with his spirituality, he pushes for expansion of the tribe's gaming business. His concerned father and the tribal council decide he must first "re-examine his spirit," and he's given the job of coaching the reservation team which, like squads in so many memorable sports films (The Bad News Bears, Slap Shot, Major League), doesn't exactly look like a championship contender.
Routh attended the recent NCAA lacrosse championships in Baltimore with the film's producers. An open casting for Crooked Arrows was also held during the weekend; according to the Baltimore Sun about 250 hopefuls showed up on the first of two days to demonstrate their stickwork and meet casting director Rene Haynes, whose long history casting American Indians includes Dances with Wolves, Skins, two Twilight films and the upcoming Winter in the Blood.
The next casting calls will take place June 10-12 in Hempstead, Long Island, Norwalk, Connecticut, and Summit, New Jersey—visit crookedarrows.com for more information.