Just two days before the action-packed sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction opens, up and coming young star Jack Reynor is being eyed by director Casey Affleck for his Untitled Josh Hamilton Project, based on the improbable comeback story of Major League Baseball star Josh Hamilton.
We first reported on the project back in June 2012, when Casey Affleck became attached to direct after producer Basil Iwanyk obtained the slugger's life rights. Relativity Media boarded the project in November 2012, acquiring Josh Hamilton's book Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back, which chronicles the athletes comeback from a crack cocaine addiction to become one of baseball's top players.
Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, although his addictions to alcohol and cocaine prohibited his rise to fame, even getting to the point where he was hiding cocaine inside his baseball uniform. He was banished from baseball entirely and was kicked out by his own wife after hitting rock bottom, relegated to cleaning toilets and mowing grass at a baseball facility to make ends meet.
He eventually started his road to recovery, petitioning the commissioner for one final chance. He was signed by the Cincinatti Reds in 2007, but it wasn't until he was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2008 that he began to blossom into one of the league's best players. His rocky rise to stardom was highlighted by a record-breaking performance at the 2008 Home Run Derby, where hit hit 35 home runs, 28 in the first round alone. He went on to win the MVP Award in 2010, and he currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels.
After a lengthy search to find the right actor, Casey Affleck has found his leading man in Jack Reynor, although it isn't known if negotiations have begun yet. Basil Iwanyk will produce alongside Kevin Walsh and Casey Affleck, although it isn't known when production may begin.