Brad Pitt to Play Billy Beane In Moneyball

May 12, 2009 at 10:31 am by Terez in Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics

Terez, I one day want to play you in the Terez Owens Story...

Terez, I one day want to play you in the Terez Owens Story...

With the current A’s team off to the second-worst start in Oakland history, fans might prefer to relive the 2002 season, when the A’s made the playoffs and also ran off a 20-game winning streak. That season will be celebrated on the big screen in 2011, when Steven Soderbergh’s “Moneyball” movie is released – with Brad Pitt playing Oakland general manager Billy Beane but many of the other principals playing themselves. Former Oakland manager Art Howe is on board, as are pitching coach Rick Peterson, several scouts, ex-scouting director Grady Fuson and first baseman Scott Hatteberg. “Unless I’m being punked,” Hatteberg said with a laugh. “I talked to the casting director, and I’m just blown away. I’m a big movie guy, and Soderbergh – are you kidding me? It doesn’t get much better than that. But if they’re going to run us out there with Brad Pitt … I don’t know how you can screw up playing yourself, but I’m afraid I will.” “I told them, ‘I don’t want to ruin your movie,’ ” Howe said. “But it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and Steven is one of the best in the business, so what the heck?” — SF Chronicle

If Pitt could pull off playing a 95 year old man baby, playing the smartest man in baseball should be a piece of cake. -TO