‘You Gotta Believe’ Trailer: Luke Wilson Is a Dying Dad Whose Son’s Little League Team Wins the World Series

America’s favorite pastime is getting another life onscreen.

In the wake of “Field of Dreams,” “Bad News Bears,” and “The Sandlot,” a new crop of baseball features have swung onto the field of latest releases. Adam Sandler’s long-awaited reunion with director Josh Safdie includes baseball memorabilia; Austin Butler is teaming up with Darren Aronofsky to play a former high school baseball prospect turned alcoholic bartender who gets caught up in a crime-fueled treasure hunt in “Caught Stealing”; and cinematographer Carson Lund made his directorial debut with adult rec team coming-of-age drama “Eephus,” which debuted at Cannes 2024.

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Now, baseball is going the way of heartfelt family drama for “You Gotta Believe.”

The upcoming film is based on the true story of a Fort Worth youth baseball team that defied the odds to make it all the way to the 2002 Little League World Series. Ty Roberts directs the feature that centers on an ailing father (Luke Wilson) who inspires a group of kids to dedicate their season to his memory. Greg Kinnear plays the coach who leads the team to the championships.

The supporting cast includes Sarah Gadon, Lew Temple, Etienne Kellici, Molly Parker, Patrick Renna, and Michael Cash, who plays Wilson’s onscreen son.

The official synopsis reads: The multilayered underdog story is told through the eyes of a child (Cash) grappling with his own father’s illness, in addition to the massive pressure of an upcoming Little League World Series journey. Director Ty Roberts deftly balances an uplifting and humorous script, while juggling the more somber potential loss of a parent and uncertainty both on and off the field.

“You Gotta Believe” premieres August 30 in theaters. Check out the trailer below.

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