Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Steve McQueen's Next Film Will Be About Paul Robeson Steve McQueen's Next Film Will Be About Paul Robeson Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Official Soundtrack Details For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Revealed Official Soundtrack Details For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Revealed Casting: Shailene Woodley Joins Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Pic, 'True Detective' Adds Pair & More Casting: Shailene Woodley Joins Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Pic, 'True Detective' Adds Pair & More Watch: 40-Minute Discovery Channel Special 'The Science Of Interstellar' Narrated By Matthew McConaughey Watch: 40-Minute Discovery Channel Special 'The Science Of Interstellar' Narrated By Matthew McConaughey Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Exclusive: Lake Bell Joining Jon Hamm & Suraj Sharma In Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist April 29, 2013 at 10:16AM

The trouble with being multi-talented is that you can't be in more than one place at once. And so it is with Lake Bell. The actress has been a reliable scene-stealer over the last decade or so, but she's been mostly absent from our screens of late, having spent much of the last few years prepping her thoroughly enjoyable directorial debut "In A World..." (she was even missing from much of the last season of the excellent "Children's Hospital," although she directed a couple of episodes).
1
Lake Bell

The trouble with being multi-talented is that you can't be in more than one place at once. And so it is with Lake Bell. The actress has been a reliable scene-stealer over the last decade or so, but she's been mostly absent from our screens of late, having spent much of the last few years prepping her thoroughly enjoyable directorial debut "In A World..." (she was even missing from much of the last season of the excellent "Children's Hospital," although she directed a couple of episodes).

But with "In A World..." having premiered at Sundance to strong reviews and on its way to theaters later this summer, we should be seeing more of Bell on screen before too long, with the actress signing on to a big studio movie that's currently prepping to shoot. We caught up with Bell over the weekend at Sundance London, where "In A World..." was getting its European premiere, and the actress revealed she's joining the cast of Disney's baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm."

Bell told us, "I'm starting a big studio movie, as an actor for hire, for Disney. It's called 'Million Dollar Arm.' It's cool, it's unlike anything I've ever done, which is always the goal, to keep things fresh and interesting." The film, written by Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent," "The Visitor") and to be directed by "Lars and The Real Girl" helmer Craig Gillespie, follows a sports agent (to be played by Jon Hamm) who sets up a reality TV show in India to find cricket players to bring over to major league baseball in the U.S. Bell didn't spill the beans on the nature of her role, but she'll join "Life Of Pi" actor Suraj Sharma, Alan Arkin and "The Daily Show" vet Aasif Mandvi in the project.

We'll be seeing her back on screens before then, though, as the upcoming fifth season of "Children's Hospital" sounds like it'll be heavier on Dr. Cat Black than the fourth. "I am in a ton of the new season of 'Children's Hospital,' and I directed two that I'm really proud of. And I'm in one of the ones I directed, 'cause they were like 'You just made a whole movie, I think you can handle it.'" And she's planning on using her downtime on "Million Dollar Arm" to get going on work for her second feature, which she described to us as "an ensemble comedy," telling us she likes to write while on other gigs: "When I'm in an acting job, in someone else's machine, you're still part of the energy of the industry, and feeling the creativity around you, but your responsibilities are smaller."

"Million Dollar Arm" should be out in 2014, while Bell said that Roadside Attractions have slated "In A World..." for an August 9th release date. For more on that film, keep an eye out for our full interview with Bell later in the week.


This article is related to: Sundance London, Lake Bell, In A World..., Million Dollar Arm


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates