Since his flight as The Man of Steel ended prematurely after "Superman Returns" failed to gain a sequel, Brandon Routh has started popping up everywhere, always with a few larger than life powers in his back pocket. He's played a paranormal detective in "Dylan Dog," a vegan evil-doer in "Scott Pilgrim" and a super spy on NBC's "Chuck" -- but now he's set to come down to Earth a bit.
Routh has signed on to play a coach in the sports movie "Crooked Arrows," which, according to Variety, will see a team of ragtag team of Native American lacrosse players take on the local prep schools. Think "Mighty Ducks," with Routh subbing for Emilio Estevez and a hard plot of turf instead of the ice rink.
The film will be directed by Steve Rash, the man behind "The Buddy Holly Story" and the Patrick Dempsey '80s rom-com "Can't Buy Me Love." Written by Todd Baird, the movie focuses on Routh's coach character, the "entrepreneurial son" of a Native American tribal chairman. OK, so it sounds exactly like "Mighty Ducks," but since when is that a bad thing?
The production team and Routh were in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend scouting the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four for potential recruits for the make believe team. The goal is to find actors who are adept in the game of lacrosse, rooting the film in reality. The sports-centric approach has already lured sponsors like Reebok to invest in the film.
Routh certainly has the potential to do some great work in smaller dramedy, a world we haven't seen him play in since rising to super-heroic fame. Who knows if he has lacrosse skills, but if he aims for the heart he shouldn't have too much of a problem making this one a winner.