‘You Gotta Believe’: Well Go USA Acquires Little League Baseball Film Starring Luke Wilson And Greg Kinnear

EXCLUSIVE: International and indie film distributor Well Go USA Entertainment acquired North American rights to Little League baseball film You Gotta Believe directed by Ty Roberts (12 Mighty Orphans) and starring Luke Wilson (Horizon: An American Saga) and Greg Kinnear (The Present).

In addition to Wilson and Kinnear, other cast members include Sarah Gadon (Ferrari), Etienne Kellici (Horizon: An American Saga), Molly Parker (Deadwood), Patrick Renna (The Sandlot) and newcomer Michael Cash.

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The film is based on the true story of an overlooked Fort Worth youth baseball team that dedicated its season to a teammate’s ailing father and subsequently took its Cinderella season all the way to the 2002 Little League World Series. You Gotta Believe will be slated for an August 30 traditional theatrical release in North America.

You Gotta Believe tells the heartwarming story of a group of young boys who, after a teammate’s father is diagnosed with terminal cancer, really banded together and learned to play the game they loved for a cause much greater than themselves,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO at Well Go USA. “As a Texas-based distributor, the hometown ties make this film even more special for us, as does the support of the Little League World Series and of John and Robert Ratliff, sons of Bobby Ratliff, who underwent cancer treatment during the LLWS run.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Well Go USA on the release You Gotta Believe,” said Houston Hill, producer. “Little League International has been a fantastic partner every step of the way in bringing this story to life.” Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program and is the Licensed Partner of You Gotta Believe.

“For more than 80 years, Little League programs around the world have served as an inspiration to the communities they represent, and each year we see and hear about the hundreds of stories of Little League dreams and the spirit of community as the common thread throughout all of them,” said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Business Relationship Officer. “We are proud to support the production of You Gotta Believe and look forward to the inspirational message it can provide to fans as we remember that sport serves as a tremendous unifier to bring people together.”

You Gotta Believe was produced and financed under the Santa Rita Film Co. banner led by producer Houston Hill, whose 2021 sports drama 12 Mighty Orphans was released wide by Sony Pictures Classics. Other producers include Matt Harvey, Pasha Patriki and Byron Campbell, with Ty Roberts, Greg McCabe, Allen Gilmer, George M. Young Jr. and Wes W. Williams executive producing for Santa Rita, Marlon Volgesgang and Charles Dorfman for Media Finance Capital and Doris Pfardrescher and Tony Vanderveerdonk executive producing for Well Go USA.

Wilson is repped by WME; Kinnear by CAA, Anonymous Content and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; Parker by Circle of Confusion and Gersh; Gadon by Entertainment 360, CAA, Creative Drive Artists in Canada and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Cash by CESD Talent Agency and Michael Abrams Group; Kellici by The Characters Talent Agency in Canada and Thruline Entertainment; Renna is repped by Griffin Talent and Persona PR.

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