Here is the first trailer for the Sabermetrics biopic, Moneyball, based on the transformative way that Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane, scouted players back in the late 80s, early 90s. It’s a BFD in the baseball world, but the idea that someone could extract drama out of the premise seems far-fetched. But we thought the same of the Facebook movie, The Social Network, and Aaron Sorkin had a hand in the Moneyball script as well (with a polish from Steven Zallian). At one point, Steven Soderbergh had been tapped to direct, but he eventually made way for Bennett Miller (Capote), and the only reason the movie even survived through all the cast and directing upheavals was because Brad Pitt remained attached. Brad Pitt gets what Brad Pitt wants (except probably the ability to sleep in).
He stars here as Beane; Jonah Hill plays a baseball suit, Peter Brand, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in as A’s manager, Art Howe (remember that guy?). So, in other words, the three least likely people to be cast in a movie about baseball. But the trailer looks pretty goddamn great, and it’s even got Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation”) as Scott Hatteberg, one of the baseball kids who only could’ve succeeded in Beane’s system.