J.B. Bernstein’s book Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game, chronicles the true story of once successful sports agent JB Bernstein struggling to save his career, who gets an off the wall idea that just might have the potential to turn things around for him. He decides to travel to India and produce a show called Million Dollar Arm, a televised reality competition to search for a talented young cricket pitcher who he can transform into a baseball star. It is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant tale of more than one character’s pursuit of the American dream.
The story has recently been adapted for the big screen by Disney and stars actor Jon Hamm as Bernstein. His business partner is played by Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal).
In the film a grouchy but eagle-eyed former baseball scout played by Alan Arkin (Argo) leads JB to Dinesh and Rinku, who beat out 40,000 hopefuls to win the competition. The two 18-year-old boys know nothing about the sport and don’t fit in at all when JB brings them to America to train. In addition to learning about baseball, the boys also find out the importance of teamwork, commitment and family, thanks to JB’s friend Brenda.
In the role of Dinesh is Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), with Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma playing Rinku. The cast also includes Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) as Brenda; Bill Paxton (Hatfield’s & McCoys); Bar Paly (Pain & Gain); and Gregory Alan Williams of TV’s Necessary Roughness.
Directing this picture is Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). The screenplay was written by actor turned writer Thomas McCarthy who penned the 2009 animated feature Up.
Million Dollar Arm opens in theaters nationwide May 16, 2014.