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Jon Hamm Starts Work on Million Dollar Arm

By May 31, 2013

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Jon HammMad Men's Jon Hamm is headlining the baseball film, Million Dollar Arm, for Disney and the studio says they've just begun work on the project. Inspired by a true story, Million Dollar Arm is directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, the remake) and also features Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin.

The creative team also includes screenwriter Tom McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) and composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).

Per the official announcement, the 2014 release will shoot in Los Angeles, Georgia and India.

The synopsis: "Disney's Million Dollar Arm follows JB Bernstein (Hamm), a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn't come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called 'Million Dollar Arm' where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.

Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated--for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all--a family."

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