Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Moneyball, the Brad Pitt starring vehicle based on the true story of the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane has been in and out of production for what seems like years. Steven Soderbergh was originally attached to star, and then left the project. Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (Capote) signed on as his replacement, and then Academy Award winnder Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) was hired for a script re-write. Finally the film started shooting and now we have the first  trailer.

 

Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game.

 

As a huge baseball fan, this is easily one of my more anticipated movies of the year. While I’m disappointed we won’t get to see Soderbergh’s vision for the film, he seems to have a fairly solid replacement in Miller, and with a Sorkin penned script and a great cast including Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright, Moneyball looks like it could be a front runner come awards season and an all around great film.