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Philip Winchester, Chace Crawford, other TV stars drafted for baseball film

Fans of TV series like "Strike Back," "Graceland," "Gossip Girl" and "Teen Wolf" can catch their favorite actors on the big screen sometime next year in the indie feature film "Undrafted."

The baseball film stars Philip Winchester of "Strike Back," Aaron Tveit and Manny Montana of "Graceland," Chace Crawford of "Gossip Girl," Tyler Hoechlin of "Teen Wolf," Billy Gardell of "Mike & Molly," as well as Matt Barr, who starred in "Hatfields and McCoys," and Jim Belushi, the former star of "According to Jim."

"Undrafted" is the directorial debut of Joe Mazzello, who starred in "The Pacific" on HBO and the film "The Social Network." Mazzello also wrote the screenplay for the film, which is based on his brother, who was a successful college baseball player and was scouted to play in the majors. When he wasn’t drafted, a intramural baseball game with his teammates became the most important game of his life.

"I watched for 15 years as my brother worked tirelessly to make his dream come true only to see it never happen and it was heartbreaking," Mazzello said in a release from Dead Fish Films. "During that time I saw the love he and his teammates had for each other and for the game that is the heart of our story."

Eric Fischer and Brianna Johnson of Dead Fish Films are producing with Mazzello’s Parlay Pictures, while Crawford serves as executive  producer.

Fischer pitched eight years for the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins in the minor leagues before retiring and going to film school. "This is a powerful story that will really resonate with anyone who’s ever had a dream," he said. "You don’t have to be a baseball fan to relate."

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