Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Craig Gillespie‘s Million Dollar Arm stars Jon Hamm in a fictionalized story of a sports agent who finds himself marginalized in the business at home, and comes up with a scheme to find a new pitching star in India. Disney’s movie looks like exactly the sort of true-story sports film we’ve seen from Disney in the past, and does give actors like Aasif Mandvi, Suraj Sharma, and Lake Bell a chance to play with Hamm on the big screen. Check out a trailer below.
Million Dollar Arm opens on May 16. It also features Bill Paxton, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin.
Based on a true story, the film follows JB Bernstein (Hamm), a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (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 (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 (Sharma, Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.