Ernie Hudson joins cast of ‘Spaceman’

The film will be released theatrically in select markets and on VOD on August 19.

'This is Where I Leave You' film premiere, New York, America - 08 Sep 2014

Global sales and distribution company FilmBuff have acquired worldwide rights to the Ernie Hudson drama “Spaceman.”

A biopic about eccentric baseball legend Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, the film is written and directed by Brett Rapkin, and stars Josh Duhamel (“Transformers”), Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters“), W. Earl Brown (“There’s Something About Mary”), and Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. OJ Simpson, American Crime Story”).

“Bill Lee is one of the all-time great personalities in the history of sports,” said FilmBuff’s Jake Hanly. “Brett’s film does him and his story justice.”

The film marks Rapkin’s narrative feature film debut following two highly regarded indie sports docs and more than a dozen years spent creating content for clients including HBO Sports and NBC Olympics. He previously directed the 2005 documentary on The Spaceman and was eager to give Lee’s story the scripted treatment.

The film follows the strange but true story of former all-star MLB pitcher Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee who was one of baseball’s all-time great eccentrics. Lee (played by Josh Duhamel) is cut from the Montreal Expos in 1982 after sticking up for a teammate. Though Lee finds himself blackballed by the rest of the league for his outspoken politics (his views being “somewhere to the left of Che Guevara”) and notoriously enthusiastic drug use, he refuses to quit the game. As of 2016, he still hasn’t.

The film will open in select theaters on August 19, 2016, and will be available on all major On Demand platforms the day after, including Amazon Instant Video, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Google Play, iTunes, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Vudu, and Xbox.

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