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Grey’s Anatomy star Giacomo Gianniotti has joined the indie comedy Baseballissimo, alongside Jay Baruchel, who also penned the script with writing partner Jesse Chabot.
Richie Mehta is already attached to direct the baseball comedy, in which Gianniotti plays a rival pitcher to a rising minor-league talent who gets detoured on the way to major-league stardom by pitching for the Peones, a team in Italy, to get back to his family roots.
Gianniotti, best known as Dr. Andrew DeLuca on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, has such film credits as the Jesse Owens biopic Race and the indie Acquainted, which he also co-produced.
“He is such a true talent, and not to mention a baseball fan,” David Miller, president of A71 Productions, said of Gianniotti.
The project is being shopped to foreign buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Baseballissimo, based on the book of the same name by Dave Bidini, is being produced by A71 Productions and executive produced by Geddy Lee and Bidini. The project had to regroup after Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who was set to star in the lead role in the Canadian indie, died in a car accident in mid-2016.
Gianniotti is with Thruline Entertainment and The Characters Agency. Baruchel and Chabot are repped by CAA, Thruline Entertainment and Jamie Feldman at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
Baseballissimo is repped by WME and A71.
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