Native Houstonian and two-time Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid has signed on to star in the forthcoming baseball film, “The Hill,” written by Angelo Pizzo and the late Scott Marshall Smith, who passed away last December.
“The Hill,” tells the story of Rickey Hill, a kid who overcomes his physical disability to play professional baseball. Quaid, 67, will play the role of Ricky’s father, Pastor Hill.
"I couldn't be more excited about this project. This film will no doubt further validate the power of American social mobility and show that in America you can choose to be what you want." The actor nods in a press release how the sports film genre has become increasingly important to the contemporary film industry.
Jeff Celentano, both director and producer of the film, shares how thrilling it feels to work on a genre of movies that continues to emerge in the entertainment industry. "I’ve searched my whole career for a story like this," he says. "A story that touches all of us who have a dream and proves we can achieve those dreams no matter what stands in our way.”
Warren Ostergard will also co-produce the flick, along with executive producers Matthew Dwyer, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael Blubaugh, and Rickey Hill. Rick Montgomery, who is responsible for casting films like the Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Green Book” will serve as the casting director for the highly anticipated family drama.
Referencing casting Quaid as Pastor Hill, Celentano added, “I’m setting out to make an iconic film in the classic sense, a beautiful sweeping and powerful inspirational story. One that will stand the test of time."
“The Hill” will begin filming in Georgia this November.