It takes real resolve to stand up for your beliefs, but it takes courage not to quit after the pressure mounts, especially when life all but quits on you. That’s what happened with left-handed pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, an outspoken, controversial figure who played for the Boston Red Sox and later the Montreal Expos. The new biographical film “Spaceman” follows the true story of Lee (played by Josh Duhamel) after he was let go by the Expos after clashing with management and protesting the release of a teammate. After spiraling downward trying to catch on with another pro team, Lee finds a lifeline in an undermanned local Senior League that desperately wants him to join. Lee casts aside his ego and finds true freedom by realizing he doesn’t need to be a professional to play baseball. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Brett Rapkin, an Emmy Award-winning documentary director who has made films for ESPN and HBO. It also stars Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), W. Earl Brown (“Deadwood”), Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”), and more.
Josh Duhamel is best known for his starring role as Danny McCoy on NBC’s “Las Vegas.” He also plays William Lennox in the “Transformers” film series and was a recurring character on the Hulu limited series “11.22.63,” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
“Spaceman” opens in theaters and VOD on August 19th from Orion Pictures and FilmBuff.