ESPN's 'Baseball Tonight' to Broadcast Live From the 'Million Dollar Arm' Premiere (Exclusive)
Hosts Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin and Tim Kurkjian will join the cast, including Jon Hamm and Bill Paxton, for the Los Angeles premiere of the sports drama on May 6.
More players from the ESPN team will be hitting the "green" carpet on May 6 when the Baseball Tonight crew make big swings in Hollywood.
Broadcasting live from the Million Dollar Arm premiere at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, host Karl Ravech will join ESPN analyst Barry Larkin and MLB insider Tim Kurkjian.
The live one-hour program will feature interviews with the cast, including Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin.
The premiere of the Disney movie -- which was executive produced by ESPN's Bill Simmons and Connor Schell -- is not the first time that the Baseball Tonight crew has gone on the road.
The nightly show has previously traveled to Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs game, where they did a remote stunt on the roof, and to Fenway Park in Boston for the historic Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein’s (played by Hamm) career-rehabilitating scheme to turn an Indian cricket player into the next great MLB pitching ace. Life of Pi’s Sharma and Slumdog Millionaire’s Madhur Mittal play the pair of 18-year-olds who he brings back to Los Angeles to play in the big leagues.
Simmons, the editor-in-chief of Grantland and NBA Countdown host, and Schell, v.p. executive producer, ESPN Films and original content, joined forces on the sports drama, having previously worked together on ESPN Films' acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series.
In March, it was announced that they will both be part of a newly created unit called Exit 31 (along with FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver), under the leadership of Marie Donoghue.
Ravech, Larkin, ESPN analyst Curt Schilling and SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy all make cameo appearances in Million Dollar Arm. Schilling recently has been on hiatus from the network following a diagnosis for cancer, but the 47-year-old three-time World Series champion tweeted earlier this month that his chemotherapy treatment is now complete.
Million Dollar Arm opens in theaters nationwide on May 16.