Just two years removed from his somewhat underrated The Tender Bar, George Clooney is back with his latest effort as a director, showing that he’s picking up the pace. The Boys in the Boat tells the true underdog story of the 1936 Olympic rowing team, represented by the working-class crew from the University of Washington.
The film is led by Joel Edgerton as coach Al Ulbrickson, and Callum Turner as rowing champion Joe Rants. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) adapted the screenplay from Daniel James Brown’s book.
Here’s the synopsis: The Boys in the Boat is a sports drama based on the #1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction novel written by Daniel James Brown. The film, directed by George Clooney, is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This inspirational true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world.
The Boys in the Boat opens in theaters on Christmas Day.