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'Underdogs': EW preview

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The Weinstein Company

STARRING Matthew Morrison, Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo

DIRECTED BY Juan José Campanella

NOT YET RATED

RELEASE DATE 8/14

Watch closely and you might see a trace of Ingrid Bergman’s Casablanca performance in this CG soccer story, a hit in director Juan José Campanella’s native Argentina. “Those great close-ups [inspired us to create] faces with very specific emotion,” he says. The Stateside version tracks the story of childhood rivals (Nicholas Hoult and Matthew Morrison) who clash again as adults when one becomes a professional soccer player and decides to bulldoze their hometown to build a new sports stadium. Campanella aims to score with U.S. audiences, but he’s already won over his soccer-hating 7-year-old son: “He ended up loving the movie.” Score one goooooooooooooooal for Pops.