'The Daily Show's Asif Mandvi Set For 'Million Dollar Arm'
deadline.com EXCLUSIVE: Aasif Mandvi has signed on to co-star with Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm, the Craig Gillespie-directed pic by writer Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) for Disney. The film is based on a true story about struggling sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) and his partner Aash Shah (Mandvi), who are facing shutting down their office until JB gets a brainstorm:

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Million Dollar Arm Synopsis and Credits

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India — the boys, who have never left their rural villages — are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) — learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

"Million Dollar Arm" stars Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash, and Suraj Sharma.

Directed by Craig Gillespie.
Written by Tom McCarthy.
Production company/distributor: Walt Disney Studios.

Release Date: May 16, 2014

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