February 13, 2016 • Category: Film News
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As if there hasn’t been enough fantastic news for Aaron Tveit lately, Undrafted – in which he stars – has finally found a distributor! Vertical Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights for the baseball drama, according to Deadline. A release date has yet to be set, but we’re moving closer to the film’s debut.
Writer and director Joseph Mazzello said of the acquisition, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Vertical to distribute Undrafted. around the globe. I can’t wait for the world to see this film, and to love it the same way we all do. Thanks to Vertical that will soon become a reality.” This is Mazzello’s feature directorial debut, making this deal that much sweeter for him.
Deadline has summarized Undrafted as follows:
Inspired by the real experiences of Mazzello’s brother, the story examines how one moves on from crushing disappointment as it follows collegiate baseball star John Mazetti (Tveit), whose major league dreams are dashed when he’s skipped over in the MLB draft. John comes to grips with missing out on a baseball career as he throws himself in with a misfit intramural baseball league.
October 8, 2013 • Category: Film News
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Aaron Tveit recently wrapped production on an original, independent baseball film entitled Undrafted. Written and directed by Joe Mazzello (“The Pacific” and, yes, Tim from Jurassic Park), the upcoming film focuses on aspiring baseball player John “Maz” Mazetti, who has a life-changing epiphany following his discovery that he was not drafted onto a professional team. It is based on the true story of Mazzello’s brother, a collegiate baseball star who was overlooked for a Major League Baseball draft.
Aaron is the star in Undrafted, taking the lead role of Maz. “Gossip Girl” actor Chace Crawford is playing Arthur Barone and also serving as the executive producer. Matt Barr, Tyler Hoechlin, Philip Winchester, Billy Gardell, James Belushi, and Aaron’s current “Graceland” co-star Manny Montana are also in the film. This is the directorial debut for Joe Mazzello, who has a degree from USC’s film production program.
When asked about the film at the Big Fish Broadway opening night after-party, Aaron told Broadway.com, “It’s a combination of the two things I like to do: play baseball and act.” There is currently no set release date.