Eastwood, who himself has won no fewer than four Academy Awards, has become almost exclusively a director over the last two decades, and he even intimated that 2008's Gran Torino would be his final movie role. Alas, that turned out not to be the case, and not only is Eastwood back onscreen, but he's not directing himself for the first time since In the Line of Fire back in 1993.
Here he stars as Gus, a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who sets out on an all-important scouting trip, but given that his eyesight is rapidly deteriorating, he needs the assistance of his daughter, Mickey, played by Adams. As director Robert Lorenz explained to Entertainment Weekly, where the below images debuted, "He gets his chance to prove whether he still has value as a scout—and as a dad. They’re having trouble communicating. They always have, and now they’ve come to a point in the relationship where it’s either going to change or it’s not. He needs a little help, and she decides it’s worth the effort.”
Timberlake, meanwhile, plays the supporting role of Johnny, a fellow scout who was actually recruited to major leagues as a ballplayer by Gus years before. He acts as a sort of Jiminy Cricket to Mickey as she struggles through her relationship with Gus, as Lorenz said, "At every moment she’s ready to throw it in, Justin’s character is there to sort of remind her of the value of continuing to pursue their relationship."
Also appearing in the film but not pictured above are John Goodman as Gus's boss, Matthew Lillard as a rival scout, and Robert Patrick in an unspecified role.
Lorenz, making his directorial debut here, managed to get Eastwood to put on his acting spurs again thanks to a longstanding history between the two. Lorenz has served as producer on all Eastwood's efforts since Blood Work in 2002, and he also contributed to Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Absolute Power, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Space Cowboys, and True Crime as first assistant director.
Trouble With the Curve arrives in theaters nationwide on September 28th.