First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe in Moneyball
In his great line of work we've already seen the incomparable Philip Seymour Hoffman as a diabolical man of terrorism (in Mission Impossible 3), a flamboyant iconic author (Capote) and a crazed storm chaser (Twister). Now, thanks to a Facebook page (via The Playlist), we have our first look at Hoffman as Oakland A's manager Art Howe in Bennett Miller's adaptation of Moneyball. Suffice it to say, sitting in the dugout with a big chunk of chew under his lips (maybe it's Big League Chew) Hoffman looks just like your average baseball manager even if he doesn't look like Howe in real life - who was originally going to play himself.
This is a very early, unofficial first look, so it's really all we've got for now, but we'll keep you all updated!
Moneyball centers on Billy Beane (Brad Pitt - no photos yet), general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who used sophisticated computer analysis systems to piece together a baseball team that regularly contended for the World Series, despite possessing a payroll dramatically lower than big market rivals like the New York Yankees. Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt and Kathryn Morris round out the cast working from Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. There's a good chance we could see this get some awards attention after the film is released in 2011, and if not, certainly baseball fans should find something to enjoy in it. Stay tuned to the Moneyball Facebook page for new photos from the set as the shooting continues. Thoughts, sports fans?