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Jon Hamm is a movie star in 'Million Dollar Arm' trailer -- VIDEO

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“Show me the rupee!”

In Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm tries on the movie-star sports-agent suit that was tailored so perfectly for Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. But when Hamm’s J.B. Bernstein is betrayed by a client and left in dire financial straits, he books a trip to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to discover cricket players who might have major-league fastballs.

Based on a true story of two Indian (actual Indian, not Cleveland Indians) prospects signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the film is Hamm’s first bonafide movie-star role after the breakout success of Mad Men and winning supporting appearances in The Town, Bridesmaids, and Friends With Kids.

Check out the trailer below, which also stars Lake Bell as Dorothy Boyd the neighbor who sees through J.B.’s callous, slick exterior, and Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma as one of the promising pitchers. Alan Arkin plays Alan Arkin, which is comforting.
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'Million Dollar Arm' gets release

Million Dollar Arm, the cricket-meets-baseball Disney film, has announced a release date.

The sports drama, starring Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, will hit theaters in May 2014 — up against Godzilla.

Hamm plays J.B. Bernstein, who goes to India in search of the best cricket players in the country. He hosts a reality competition show to find his champions, and then takes the winners to the States to convert them to America’s favorite pastime.

The film also stars Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, and Suraj Sharma.

Casting Net: Michael Fassbender for 'Macbeth'; Plus, Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Annie', more

• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]

• Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in Will Gluck’s (Easy A) film update of Annie, alongside Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. The Django Unchained star would play Benjamin Stacks, an update on the Daddy Warbucks character, famously played by Albert Finney in the 1982 John Huston film. Foxx is no stranger to musicals, having appeared in both Dreamgirls and Ray. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. [THR]

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