In a movie being touted as Whiplash for baseball, Ethan Hawke plays a man who is rabidly obsessed with making his son a great baseball player. Watch the trailer for The Phenom here:

Although Johnny Simmons presumably plays the lead role, it’s Hawke who catches the eye in this first look at the film. The role of the half-crazed, overbearing parent is yet another interesting choice from the deceptively versatile actor.  Earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Hawke told Entertainment Weekly that he was attracted to the project because it defied the usual ‘sports movie’ cliches, which is something that the trailer suggests as well.

The Phenom also stars Paul Giamatti, and has been directed by Noah Buschel (Sparrows Dance, Glass Chin). The film will have a limited release in June.

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