Nick Offerman to Star in Amazon's 'A League of Their Own' in Tom Hanks-Esque Role

“Parks & Rec” alum will play the manager in Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham’s reboot

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Nick Offerman is joining Amazon’s “A League of Their Own,” where he’ll play a version of the role Tom Hanks did in the 1992 movie.

Offerman will not be playing the same character, however. Offerman is playing Casey “Dove” Porter, the coach of the team at the center of the series. Hanks’ Jimmy Dugan is known for his memorable line “There’s No Crying in Baseball!”

Described as a “reinterpretation” of the Penny Marshall film about the World War II-era Women’s Professional Basebal League, the Amazon version will widen the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it.

Abbi Jacobson will co-create the series with Will Graham. Along with the “Broad City” alum, the series will star Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado, with recurring guest stars Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant and Melanie Field. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.

Casey “Dove” Porter is an ex-Cubs pitcher brought in to coach the Rockford Peaches, most famous because his forkball killed a dove in mid-air in the middle of a game. Inspiring and charismatic, Dove was thought to be the next big MLB star, but blew his arm out after three years. Now he’s looking to make his comeback by making the Peaches into champions. 

“A League of Their Own” is from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Field Trip Productions. Executive producers are Will Graham, Abbi Jacobson, Field Trip’s Hailey Wierengo, and co-executive producer Elizabeth Koe. Jamie Babbit served as executive producer for and directed the pilot. Based on the film from Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

The original 1992 film starred Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. It was a fictionalized account of the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was formed during World War II.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported on Offerman’s involvement.

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