A biopic of former Astros pitcher J.R. Richard is in the works.
Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story will begin with Richard being rushed from the ballpark in an ambulance after collapsing from a stroke in 1980.
The movie starts shooting next month in Houston.
Through flashbacks, Richard will remember his youth and big-league career, especially 1976 to 1979, when he won 74 games for the Astros and was the most intimidating, scariest pitcher in the National League.
Bokeem Woodbine has been tabbed to play Richard in the biopic. Rice graduate Greg Carter is the director. Charlie Bethea is the executive producer.
Screenwriter Keith Kjornes said he was "completely captivated" by Richard's story when he researched the project.
"I'm not a sports fanatic, but when you look at this man's accomplishments -- wow!" Kjornes said.
"What fascinates me is the human element, how he was dragged into the gutter. There is no doubt that if stayed healthy, he would be in the Hall of Fame today. To go from the world of big league baseball to sleeping in a cardboard box -- and now to get his life back on track -- it's an incredible journey."
And hey, you can be in the movie, too:
An open casting call for actors will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel, 5353 Westheimer.
"We're looking for everything from children to teammates to corporate baseball executives to groupies -- all the people you can imagine who inhabit a baseball star's life," casting director Benjamin Jimerson said.