Knoxville has also signed on as a producer of the remake, with “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” writer and director Jeff Tremaine slated to write the script, which is reportedly “85 to 90% done, they’re just trying to figure out the ending.”
Knoxville reportedly has spent “like, the last week, week and a half learning everything there is to know about the sport of baseball, and has immersed himself in the history of the New York Yankees baseball club,” according to his reps.
Other members of the cast reportedly attached to the project are Bam Magera as Dr. Jones, the Mayo Clinic doctor who diagnosed Gehrig, and Steve-O as Gehrig’s manager on the Yankees, Miller Huggins.
Sarah Chalke has been tagged to play Gehrig’s wife, Eleanor. Barry Bonds has been approached about portraying Wally Pipp, the player Gehrig filled in for at first base beginning his famous consecutive-game streak, which earned Gehrig the nickname, “The Iron Horse.”
Denzel Washington has been cast as Gehrig’s former hero and later teammate, baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.
Knoxville’s representatives said that filming reportedly will begin in Vancouver in November, with a release date hoped for by July 3, 2015.
Confirming the announcement, Knoxville himself tweeted yesterday, “sUper (sic) xcited (sic) to portray Yanke (sic) great and my alltime (sic) HERO LOU GEARIG (sic)!!!!” Knoxville has also credited Ken Burns’ baseball documentary “Baseball” for everything he has learned recently about the sport, tweeting, “MAjor shout out to my boi (sic) Ken Burns for his AWEsom (sic) doc ‘BASEBALL!’ Taut (sic) me everything about the Game!”