We have added the first look trailer to the upcoming British football comedy drama “The Damned United“.
Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough‘s doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie (Colm Meaney), and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds had an aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor.
From the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by David Peace, “The Damned United” is directed by Tom Hooper from the script written by Peter Morgan. Starring a talented Brit actor Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Peter McDonald and Elizabeth Carling.
The film will be released in UK theaters on March 27th, 2009. No word yet if it’ll be released here in the U.S. but I wouldn’t be surprised if ends up going straight-to-DVD knowing that most Americans in general don’t really like football (soccer).