Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma has joined the cast of new baseball movie Million Dollar Arm.

The newcomer, who had never acted before landing the lead in Ang Lee's Oscars hit, will play one of two Indian cricket fans who won the chance to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking part in a talent contest.

Craig Gillespie will direct the drama, which will also feature Alan Arkin and Jon Hamm as sports agent J.B. Bernstein.