Mo'ne Davis to Be Subject of Disney Channel Movie 'Throw Like Mo'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. The Disney Channel says development is under way on the biographical film, titled
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Mo’ne Davis is only 13 years old, but she is already a star.

Davis led the Taney Dragons from Philadelphia into the Little League World Series and then became the first girl to pitch a shutout when they got there. Now she is the subject of a Disney Channel movie.

Davis will be the centerpiece of a biopic titled Throw Like Mo, which will air on the Disney Channel. Debra Martin Chase, who is an Emmy-nominated producer, will serve as the executive producer, while espnW will help consult for it.

Naketha Mattocks, vice president of original movies for Disney Channels, discussed the movie, via Cynthia Littleton of Variety.

“Mo’ne is not only a topnotch athlete in three different sports — baseball, basketball and soccer — but she is an exemplary student and someone who will remind our audiences that they can do anything with hard work, dedication and belief in themselves,” Littleton said.

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Davis has certainly drawn in television viewers before, considering the game she pitched in the Little League World Series against Las Vegas drew more than five million viewers and a 3.1 rating for ESPN. It was the highest-ever rating in the history of the Little League World Series.

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She also became the first player in Little League history to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Now Disney will see if Davis’ star power translates to the movies. Davis commented on her next step, via Littleton.

“A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me," she said. "I can’t wait to get started, and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.” 

Davis has certainly been busy since the Little League World Series, as Elle magazine and Darren Rovell of ESPN both pointed out:

ELLE Magazine (US) @ELLEmagazine

Little League superstar Mo'ne Davis is now a shoe designer: http://t.co/6kTn3rsm2R http://t.co/Xv5kvb8FGH

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Mo'ne Davis' biography hits stores today. At 208 pages, there's a page for every 24 days of her life. http://t.co/U2F5sfY5fF

Davis has proven to be a safe bet when it comes to crossing into the realms of entertainment off the baseball field. It is really no surprise that Disney Channel seized the opportunity to turn her incredible story into a movie.


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