According to the Hollywood Reporter, Indian actor Suraj Sharma has been chosen to star opposite Jon Hamm (Mad Men) in a movie about baseball.
Hamm, who is known for playing ad man Don Draper in Mad Men, will play a sports agent on the lookout for new baseball talent in this Disney movie.
To find a new star player, he will head to India, where sports culture is more geared towards cricket. When he realizes how similar the two sports are, the agent will decide to recruit his future stars through a reality TV program, Million Dollar Arm.
His two 19-year-old protégés, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh, will become the first Indian players to join the American professional league. However, this radical change will entail some difficulties.
Sharma, the hero of the 2013 Oscar-winning Life of Pi, will play one of the two young Indian players. The movie will be directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, United States of Tara). Filming on this movie, which is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein, will start in India and Atlanta in May. The screenplay was written by Tom McCarthy (Up).