Trailer for Coming-of-Age Drama 'Wolves' Featuring Taylor John Smith

January 26, 2017
Source: YouTube

Wolves Trailer

"I fight hard for my scholarships… I'm looking for someone who will stand out." IFC has debuted a trailer for an indie sports drama titled Wolves, a coming-of-age story about a star basketball player struggling with pressures and problems in his family. Taylor John Smith stars as Anthony Keller, a skilled player who is being recruited by Cornell University. His two parents are played by Carla Gugino and Michael Shannon, and his father ends up gambling away most of the money they were saving up, putting his future in jeopardy. This doesn't look that good, it seems a bit cliched and overly dramatic. If you're big into college basketball and athletes' stories, maybe this is worth a look. Also featuring Zazie Beetz and Chris Bauer.

Here's the first official trailer for Bart Freundlich's Wolves, direct from IFC's YouTube:

An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he's struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice. Wolves is both written and directed by American filmmaker Bart Freundlich, of The Rebound, Trust the Man, Catch That Kid, World Traveler, and The Myth of Fingerprints previously. This film first premiered at the Tribeca and Philadelphia Film Festivals last year. IFC Films will release Wolves in theaters starting March 3rd, 2017. Anyone interested?

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Poor jock won't get to go to Cornell, but then does in the end...

DAVIDPD on Jan 26, 2017


Idk with that knee injury...everythings suspect. Maybe he wins it big on the craps table to save his family?

RAW_D on Jan 27, 2017


Michael Shannon and Carla Gugino. Now, that's interesting pairing. Might be worth a watch ...

shiboleth on Jan 27, 2017


And that's what I thought I should add to my comment in the first place. Namely, the story is the same old cliche and well too known and all that really might matter are those two leads. And yes, Carla Gugino was also very much on my mind...

shiboleth on Jan 28, 2017


Looks HEAVY. But in a good, well acted way. Prior to the trailer I was thinking "Oh great, another BASKETBALL struggle story." It is...but a bit different from the's hoping at least.

RAW_D on Jan 27, 2017

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