ACTOR TOM SIZEMORE TO STAR AS PETE ROSE IN ESPN'S "HUSTLE"

SHOOTING BEGINS MAY 17 IN TORONTO / MOVIE TO PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 25

Actor Tom Sizemore - who has had some of the most coveted roles in Hollywood - will play Pete Rose in ESPN's upcoming made-for-television movie "Hustle." Sizemore's considerable resume includes roles in such blockbusters as Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), Ron Howard's "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and Ridley Scott's epic "Black Hawk Down" (2001).

Produced by ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE), "Hustle" will depict Rose's downfall during the mid-to-late 1980s as specifically documented by Major League Baseball's Dowd Report, when a penchant for gambling destroyed his career and forever tarnished his legacy. The ESPN original movie will begin principal photography May 17 in Toronto and will premiere Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

"Tom Sizemore's ability to play gritty, conflicted characters is his hallmark," said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "Only someone with his hefty credentials and proven talents can accurately portray someone as complex as Rose."

Sizemore joins "Hustle" with impressive credentials. His first break came in Oliver Stone's critically acclaimed drama "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). Since then, Sizemore has established himself as the quintessential "tough guy" character sought after by the industry's top directors. Roles in "True Romance" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) were followed by the meatier task of playing Detective Jack Scagnetti in Stone's disturbing "Natural Born Killers" (1994). After a supporting role in Michael Mann's 1995 crime thriller "Heat," Sizemore got his first lead in the horror film "The Relic" (1997). Sizemore also played considerable roles in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Pearl Harbor" (2001). In perhaps his most memorable role, Sizemore was the lead in Ridley Scott's military action epic "Black Hawk Down" (2001).

Though primarily a film star, Sizemore has also found his way onto the small screen. In 1988, he had a recurring role in the popular television drama "China Beach." He played John Gotti in the made-for-television move "Witness to the Mob" and had the lead in the 2002 series "Robbery Homicide Division. "

"Hustle" will be directed by acclaimed Hollywood director Peter Bogdanovich, executive produced by Orly Adelson of Orly Adelson Productions ("The Junction Boys" and "PLAYMAKERS") and is written by veteran screenwriter Christian Darren, whose credits include "Count Three and Pray" and "Six Bullets from Now."

Peter Bogdanovich to direct ESPN's HUSTLE