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Richie Mehta to Direct ‘BASEBALLISSIMO’ Starring Jay Baruchel

May 11, 2017

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Richie Mehta will direct BASEBALLISSIMO, which was written by Jay Baruchel and his writing partner Jesse Chabot. The film will star Baruchel and is looking for a new lead. The late Anton Yeltsin was set to play the title role until his accidental death in 2016. Yeltsin was set to play a minor-league baseball player who pitches for the Peones, a baseball team in Italy.

Baseballissimo is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Dave Bidni and is described as the following:

In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favorite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region. Bidini wanted to spend time in a town where everyone is as nuts about the game as he is, and in Nettuno, they love the game so much that they hand out baseball gloves and bats to children taking their first communion. The result of his family in Italy is vintage Bidini: a funny, perceptive, and engrossing book that takes readers far beyond the professional sport to the game that people around the world love to play.

Mehta replaces Jacob Tierney who was set to direct. A71 Productions will produce.

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