Jon Hamm Dives into World of Sports in 'Million Dollar Arm' Drama
For several years, Jon Hamm has become better known as Don Draper, one of the best men working in advertising back in the 60's on the AMC drama series "Mad Men." Of course, Hamm has also taken supporting roles in a variety of films like Bridesmaids, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Town and even bit parts in The A-Team and Sucker Punch (though his role is better in the director's cut). Now Hamm is slated to lead a project, likely while he's on hiatus between seasons of the aforementioned Emmy winning series, as Deadline reports he will star in Million Dollar Arm, a real-life drama set in the world of sports.
Hamm will play sports agent J.B. Bernstein, the man who, through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players, ended up auditioning over 40,000 hopeful baseball players before finding professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. The two would go on to become the first Indian men to ever sign pro sports contracts in the United States. Deadline says, "Neither player had ever ventured beyond their rural village and Bernstein had to teach them as much about American culture and speaking English as he did the rules of baseball." With the game show angle, it sounds like this could be something like Moneyball meets Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and since Thomas McCarthy (the actor who also wrote and directed Win Win, The Visitor and The Station Agent) is behind the script, I'm even more excited. It's not clear if he'll end up directing the film, but that would be nice too.