Jon Hamm cast in Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’

Looks like Jon Hamm is going for a lead film role with Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’.

Deadline is reporting that the ‘Mad Men’ actor has signed on to the film that tells the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein, who discovered professional baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players.

Hit the jump for more details.

The story will be inspired by a phase of Bernstien’s when he was representing the best professional sports talent but was beginning to get disillusioned with the industry. After discovering a game of cricket on late night television, he noticed how the bowling and throwing action of the players mirrored the action of baseball pitchers.

He travelled to India and wound up putting on the reality show ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and auditioned 40,000 hopefuls. He brought back the two 19-year old finalists to America, but it wasn’t as simple as signing with a ball club and heading to the minor leagues. 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.

It sounds like ‘Cool Runnings’ meets ‘Jerry Maguire’ but it’s good to see Hamm finally take that leading film role we’ve all been waiting for.

Hamm’s television work on ‘Mad Men’ is outstanding and he has showed off his impressive comedic talents on ’30 Rock’. Small film roles in ‘The Town’ and ‘Bridesmaids’ have been steps toward Hamm taking the spotlight.

Thomas McCarthy (‘The Station Agent’ and ‘Win Win’) wrote the script and could direct with shooting to begin in autumn (US).

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