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Joe Manganiello Trades Stripping for Baseball in Drama ‘Bottom of the 9th’


Husband and wife duo Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara have teamed up for the upcoming sports drama Bottom of the 9th.

Directed by Raymond De Felitta from a screenplay by Robert Bruzio, the film stars Manganiello as Sonny Stano, a former baseball prodigy sentenced to jail after a violent assault as a young man.

Picking up 17 years later, Stano returns to the Bronx where he must deal with the mistakes of his past while rekindling his passion for baseball and reconnecting with the love of his life Angela Ramirez, played by Vergara.

This looks like your typical sports drama, with Stano retuning to his boyhood club for another shot at glory.

Manganiello has a great screen presence and looks set to shine, while Vergara is always welcome.

The True Blood veteran, Manganiello was recently seen in Rampgae (2018) alongside Dwayne Johnson, with TV’s Modern Family regular, Vergara featuring in the voice cast of The Emoji Movie (2017).

The supporting cast is filled with ‘that guy’ actors, with Burt Young, Denis O’Hare and The Sopranos alumni Michael Rispoli, Vincent Pastore and Jimmy Smagula all featuring.

Bottom of the 9th will be released on 19 July 2019.

Check out the trailer below.

Tobias Handke

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