Philip Seymour Hoffman & Robin Wright May Join Moneyball
by Ethan Anderton
May 15, 2010
We've been keeping our eye on all the craziness and talent jockeying surrounding the adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-ficition book Moneyball. After tossing out Steven Soderbergh for Bennett Miller and replacing Demetri Martin with Jonah Hill, the film has been lucky enough to hold on to Brad Pitt and has collected a few more names as Variety reports Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright might step up to the plate. This will be a welcome reunion for Hoffman and Miller who last collaborated with spectacular results on Capote. This is shaping up to be quite the foray into the world of baseball with lots of interesting talent.
Moneyball centers on Billy Beane (Pitt), general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who used sophisticated computer analysis systems to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series despite possessing a payroll dramatically lower than big-market rivals like the New York Yankees. Though talks are in the early stages, Hoffman would play team manager Art Howe, who frequently clashed with Beane over strategic decisions and Wright would play Beane's ex-wife. Columbia is looking to finally get the project off the ground for a July production start, so hopefully all of this talent stays attached by the time this starts.