Jonah Hill may join Brad Pitt on 'Moneyball'

While it’s still early for any deals to be signed, it’s looking more and more like comic actor Jonah Hill will be playing expert statistician Paul De Podesta in the baseball drama Moneyball for Sony Pictures. The role was originally slated to go to comedian Demetri Martin, but that was scrapped when Sony abandoned the first iteration of the film, which paired Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane with director Steven Soderbergh. The studio restarted the project back in December, returning to the draft of the script from Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) and hiring Capote director Bennett Miller to helm with Pitt still attached.

Hill did a table read on the film over a month ago and has been interested in the project for some time. Sony has made it very clear that no deal is yet complete, but the studio, which has a long relationship with Hill — he’s currently adapting 21 Jump Street for them — likes the young actor.

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  • Rob

    WTF?!?! I can’t see him being serious

  • MWC

    I’m a baseball fan and this sounds like the dullest idea for a sports movie ever.

  • AJ

    I absolutely loved the book, but I don’t see how this will translate into a movie. The book is more about how to run a business than anything else. It doesn’t have the same amount of drama as the “Blind Side.” That being said, Pitt has an interesting character to work with in Billy Beane. I don’t know, I guess I’ll reserve judgment on this one until it’s released.

    • Ramo

      I feel the same way. I was surprised when I first heard about this project and the talent attached and I’m still surprised this is being made into a movie. It’s a great read for stat geeks and “inside baseball” types, but I’m not sure how it’s gonna work as a narrative feature. I’ll be interested to see it, but I’m not sure it’ll find a large audience.

  • Eric Baehr

    I think it could work. The book was excellent and last I heard Aaron Sorkin was doing the script, so he could add a little crisp humor to it for Hill. I think it’s going to work out well.

  • Tom

    please have him play Nick Swisher

  • Sean

    I thought Aaron Sorkin was doing something with this? If anyone can convert a dense book into an interesting film, Sorkin’s is it, with his signature rapid-fire dialogue – especially aided by great actors – infinitely engaging.

    • Sean

      Sorkin* is it

  • Jim

    Bad idea. Like Jonah Hill, don’t see him pulling this off. But sometimes actors surprise. Better choice than Seth Rogen at least.

  • Adam

    Yeah Aaron Sorkin rewrote the script after Soderbergh was let go. The current shooting script is his. No idea whether his rewrite is closer to Zallian’s or not.

  • Poirot

    Sure to be a bomb.

  • Chris

    Great book.

    This will either be a totally boring bomb or a very original and well-made movie. I can’t see it falling in between. The former is probably more likely, but done just right, with the right elements cut out and/or expanded upon to draw out a stronger narrative thrust, it could be really good.

  • irish assassin

    it could be interesting, brad pitt doesn’t miss on many swings… (change the A’s to the red sox and you got yourself a winner.)

  • Remy

    Great. Book. Fun read. I can see the Pitt-Hill combo work really well onscreen.

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