While he’s achieved wild success on AMC’s Mad Men, Jon Hamm has had less luck making a name for himself in movies. Supporting parts in films like The Town, Sucker Punch and Bridesmaids haven’t exactly led to anything substantial, but perhaps that’s about to change. Word is that Hamm has signed on to star in Disney’s sports drama Million Dollar Arm, based on the true story of baseball sports agent J.B. Bernstein. The film will detail how Bernstein went to India in search of untapped talent and created a reality show called Million Dollar Arm, auditioning 40,000 pitchers. He took the top two finalists back to the U.S. and handled the challenge of teaching them about American culture as well as how to speak English. All their efforts paid off when the players became the first Indians to sign with a pro team. The talented Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) wrote the script and the plan is to shoot in the fall.
The story behind Million Dollar Arm certainly sounds like an intriguing premise and I’m getting a Moneyball vibe from it, which is fine by me. With that film we’ve seen that the behind-the-scenes aspects of the sports industry can be just as interesting than what happens on the field. Jon Hamm strikes me as a versatile actor who just needs the right opportunity to showcase his talent on film in a leading role. Hopefully this one will do the trick. What are your thoughts on Jon Hamm’s film career thus far and what do think of him taking on Million Dollar Arm?