‘Moneyball’ Trailer: An Unusual Underdog Sports Story

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:58 pm,

Moneyball trailer with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill Moneyball Trailer: An Unusual Underdog Sports Story

The concept of assembling a winning baseball team based on empirical evidence might not seem so revolutionary today, but it certainly was when the Oakland Athletics did it back in 2002 – a story that will be dramatized in this fall’s unorthodox underdog sports tale, Moneyball.

An official trailer has been released for Moneyball, which hints at an intelligent and thoughtful examination of how A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) used computer-generated analysis to assemble a winning baseball team.

Moneyball is based on Michael M. Lewis’ 2003 non-fiction book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”. It focuses on Beane’s successful attempt to put together a strong team – while being constricted by a relatively small budget – by selecting players based on more objective criteria (ex. on-base and slugging percentages) rather than traditionally valued qualities such as batting average or number of stolen bases.

In addition to Pitt, the film’s cast also includes Jonah Hill as Peter Brand (a pseudonym for Beane’s real-life assistant, Paul DePodesta) and Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman as A’s manager Art Howe. Moneyball was directed by Bennett Miller, the fellow responsible for the biographical picture Capote – the film that won Hoffman his Best Actor Academy Award.

Check out the Moneyball trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

Oscar-winners Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) were responsible for adapting Lewis’ original Moneyball novel for the big screen, which in part accounts for the exposition-heavy yet subtly clever dialog on display in this official trailer. Having a solid talent like Miller calling the shots surely didn’t hurt either, as both Pitt and Hill appear to be on their acting A-games. So far, Moneyball looks like it could be one of the rare films in which Hill in particular actually plays someone other than… well, the standard loveable-but-goofy Hill character (see: Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, etc.).

One issue that Moneyball might suffer from is simply the technical nature of the subject matter. The task of explaining all the necessary sports statistics and jargon – while also telling a captivating story about a man defying the odds and leading his team to success – is not exactly an easy one. Hence why having guys like Zallian and Sorkin handling the screenplay is such a good idea.

Moneyball is scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on September 23rd, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. I love Hoffman but do you think he knows how to throw a baseball or does he toss it like a 3 yr old girl

  2. looks incredible

  3. Saw a screening recently and LOVED this movie. Granted, I’m a baseball fan, but there was very little in the way of explaining statistics. I don’t normally like Jonah Hill, but he played a serious role very well here. Pitt was great, as was Chris Pratt (from Parks & Rec) also in a serious role. The drama was great, and there was a perfect amount of humor and some touching moments with Beane’s daughter as well.

  4. This movie is going to be amazing!

  5. Having read the book a few years ago, I thought there was no way the source material could be converted to the screen when I heard it was in production. Consider me very impressed by this trailer.

  6. brad pitt wants an oscar BAD,first try was benjamin button, now tree of life, and soon this? looks like hes swinging for the fences!

    • It seems like it. He definitely should be nominated for Tree of Life and I think he deserves one for the Tree of Life.

  7. its weird because i just watch “Miracle” again yesterday. This looks really good.

    Brad Pitt may be up against himself for an Oscar this year. and out on right field is Jonah Hill for the supporting actor nominations, a long shot but very possible. Looks to be another interesting award season.

  8. Been very interested in this film for awhile. Curious as to how Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt mix will turn out. And after seeing the trailer I fell off the fence on the positive side. Can’t wait.

  9. Baseball is an incredibly complex little pieces disguised as a simple game. I don’t really understand it, but this is one of the small number of movies I wish my father was still alive so that we could go watch it together.

  10. Hey, I saw this in an episode of The Simpsons!

    • “I told you to shave those side burns!”

  11. I’ll see it and only because I love baseball and all its inner-workings.

  12. So, nobody is going to mention that Bobby Kotick has a role in the movie? Not that it matters, it’s just really odd.
    Bobby Kotick is the boss of Activision btw, for those wondering.

    • “Kotick’s role in the film makes a lot of sense considering the internet has often said money and balls are his two favorite things.”

  13. hey all, first time posting but long time reader etc. Looks impressive, but could someone try to explain the statistics bit in a nut-shell?

  14. Hmm, I wonder if it touches on the fact that Beane’s “Moneyball” system has yet to produce a pennant for the A’s. In fact the A’s haven’t won a pennant in 20 years. Seems like he needs to find a new system.

  15. I hate baseball and it won me over with curiosity, because I like learning how people do things from a business perspective. Looks like a fun story.

  16. I have a feeling this will become one of the top baseball movies of all time. There are some good ones but this one seems to be up the realm of Field of Dreams, Eight Men Out, and (my personal favorite) For Love of the Game.