Simpson at bat for film

Julian's 'Walk' based on Texas Rangers' true story

Songbird-turned-permanent newlywed Jessica Simpson is slated to make her feature bow in “Walk On,” an ensemble baseball biopic to be directed by Walter Hill.

Written by Richard Julian, “Walk On” is based on the true story of the Texas Rangers franchise, which was nearly bankrupt in 1973. Their savior was David Clyde, an 18-year-old high school senior recruited by the Rangers even before he could attend his prom. Clyde’s Cinderella story took a turn for the worse, however, when the mercurial Billy Martin replaced coach Whitey Herzog.

Simpson, a native Texan, will portray Clyde’s wife and high school sweetheart. Keith Carradine, Sophie B. Hawkins and Donal Logue are in discussions to join the cast.

The independently financed production is skedded to begin next year on locations in New Mexico and Texas. Curt Johnson (“West Memphis Three”) and Mike Julian will produce the pic.

Simpson received critical kudos for hosting a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live” with husband Nick Lachey. They are the stars of MTV’s reality hit “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica.” She also made a series of guest appearances on “That ’70s Show.”

Simpson, who will be performing at the Super Bowl this weekend, also plans to host a variety show with Lachey for ABC.

Hill, whose credits include “48 HRS” and “The Warriors,” is directing the new HBO series “Deadwood.”

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