'Jurassic Park' Star Joseph Mazzello Moves to Directing with 'Undrafted'
by Ethan Anderton
September 26, 2013
Following his turn in Jurassic Park, young Joseph Mazzello continued acting in films like Star Kid, Simon Birch, The River Wild and of course, a small cameo in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. As he's grown up, Mazzello has taken on roles in "The Pacific" and films like The Social Network and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Now he's looking to get behind the camera for the first time with Undrafted, a baseball drama starring a young cast including Aaron Tveit, Matt Barr, Chase Crawford, Tyler Hoechlin, Manny Montana, Philip Winchester, Billy Gardell and James Belushi (son of comedian Jim Belushi). More below!
Deadline says Mazzello will also star in produce the film along with Crawford executive producing, and he wrote the script based on his brother's experiences as a college baseball player who ended up being skipped over for a chance to play in the major leagues. Following his disappointment, an intramural game with his teammates turns out to mean a lot more to him than he thought.
Mazzello says, "I watched for 15 years as my brother worked tirelessly to make his dream come true only to see it never happen and it was heartbreaking. During that time I saw the love he and his teammates had for each other and for the game that is the heart of our story." Sounds like it'll hit with the sports crowd pretty well, and at the very least, it'll be a dream come true for the actor who went to USC’s Film Production Program to follow his child acting days. Interested?