Former professional baseball player Billy Beane took over as general manager for the Oakland A's in 1998, quickly turning the team into a perennial playoff team despite having a much lower payroll than teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Beane's management style was documented in the 2003 nonfiction bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, written by Michael Lewis.
Columbia Pictures started on the movie adaptation of Moneyball in 2008, going through several directors and screenwriters before Bennett Miller (Capote) finally took the helm and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) rewrote the script. Brad Pitt plays Beane, with Jonah Hill as Beane's assistant manager.
The first trailer for Moneyball debuted in June, and the reaction was extremely positive, with Business Insider commenting that the movie "sounds like Oscar material" while SlashFilm said the trailer "makes the long process of making the film seem worth the wait.". The three recently released TV spots may not illicit the exact same response, but do help promote the movie's opening at the end of September.
Moneyball co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as A's manager Art Howe, and Chris Pratt as A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg.
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