First Trailer for Moneyball Starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill Finally Arrives
06.16.11 by Ryan
The movie Moneyball has been in the works since 2008, when Columbia Pictures had Brad Pitt attached to star as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, David Frankel (Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada) set to direct and Steven Zaillian (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) adapting the script from Michael Lewis' nonfiction bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Director Steven Soderbergh eventually replaced Frankel, but mere days before shooting began, Columbia pulled the plug after Sony Chairman Amy Pascal read Soderbergh's rewrite and disagreed with his unorthodox narrative structure that included using documentary techniques. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) was hired to rewrite the script, but Soderbergh was out, with director Bennett Miller (Capote) eventually replacing him.
With all the behind the scenes drama behind the production, the first trailer for the baseball biopic has finally been revealed, showing the eccentric Beane (Pitt) and his assistant (Jonah Hill) putting together a competitive baseball team with a small (in professional baseball terms) salary.
Besides Pitt and Hill, Moneyball co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as A's manager Art Howe and Chris Pratt as A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg.