Pull up a chair, folks, Kevin Costner is primed to open up the historic archives of baseball with Jonathan Hock’s upcoming sports documentary, Fastball.
A huge advocate of baseball himself – no thanks to appearances in Chasing Dreams, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams among others – Costner’s narration lends a sense of gravitas to today’s debut trailer.
Hock, the filmmaker behind such efforts as Of Miracles and Men, Survive and Advance, and The Best That Never Was, is set to shine a spotlight on the greatest players to ever grace the sport, and the “primal battle between the pitcher and the batter.”
Fans of the sport will no doubt have spotted the likes of Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan & Derek Jeter in today’s snippet, and the official synopsis for Hock’s latest can be found below.
The essence of baseball is the primal battle between the pitcher and batter, but the magic of the game arises from that confrontation, only 396 milliseconds in the making. The mysteries and memories of Baseball’s greatest heroes are revealed in FASTBALL, featuring interviews with dozens of former players, from legendary Hall of Famers to up-and-coming All-Stars, including HANK AARON, NOLAN RYAN, & DEREK JETER, and narrated by KEVIN COSTNER. Based on the original idea by the film’s producer, Thomas Tull (“Dark Knight”) who also produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” FASTBALL is peppered with archival footage of baseball’s greatest moments plus original high-speed 4K footage and motion graphics that unlock the secrets hidden within a ball traveling over 100 mph. While players, historians, and scientists might disagree on who was actually the fastest pitcher in history – and yes, the film does the physics and concludes with a clear verdict – FASTBALL tells the story of the game itself.
Fastball is pitched to open under the looming shadow of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice come March 25.