Based on a true story, the baseball comedy Undrafted marks the feature film directorial debut of Joe Mazzello (The Pacific, Justified, and the kid in 1993’s Jurassic Park). Undrafted, which just released a new trailer, was inspired by Joe Mazzello’s brother’s baseball career and stars Grease Live!‘s Aaron Tveit, Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin, and Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford. The cast also includes Mazzello, Philip Winchester, Jay Hayden, Michael Fishman, Matt Barr, Duke Davis Roberts, Manny Montana, Matt Bush, Toby Hemingway, Ryan Pinkston, David del Rio, Billy Gardell, and Jim Belushi. Undrafted opens in theaters and on VOD on July 15, 2016.
The Plot: When twelve ragtag teammates set out to play what should be a meaningless summer intramural baseball game, it ends up becoming the most important game of their lives. This collection of characters – the reliever turned starting pitcher (Tyler Hoechlin), a hot dog power hitter (Chace Crawford), an outfielder with anger management issues (Joe Mazzello), a player coach with clipboard envy (Duke Davis Roberts), an over-eager catcher (Ryan Pinkston), the old guy who shouldn’t be playing anymore (Philip Winchester), and the guy everyone forgot was on the team (Matt Bush) – truly gives new meaning to the phrase “amateur status”.
As they struggle to transition away from baseball and towards an uncertain future, the best player among them (Aaron Tveit) – who they all felt should have gotten drafted – has to deal with the news that his big league dreams were dashed, leaving him grappling with why he should still play. One game can be just another box score, but when it’s played by a team galvanized around the love of the game, and for the pride they have in each other, it can define a lifetime.
Watch the Undrafted trailer: