The Weinstein Co acquired rights to Argentine/Spanish animated feature Underdogs in March last year and has now dropped the first trailer (see above). The film, directed by Oscar winning The Secret In Their Eyes helmer Juan José Campanella, was a huge hit in Argentina and Latin America in 2013 where it went by the title Metegol (the international moniker was Foosball 3D). It is the No. 2 highest-grossing Argentine film of all time in that market with over $14.2M.
The story centers on reluctant hero Jake (Matthew Morrison), a shy, but talented, foosball player whose passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life and he and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. Bella Thorne, Katie Holmes and John Leguizamo also star. A domestic release is forthcoming.
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