If you’re a fan of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, then you already know the name Chris Pratt. The actor plays Pawnee, Indiana’s favorite shoeshiner, Andy Dwyer, on the Thursday night comedy and is consistently one of the funniest characters on the show (for the record, I prefer Scarecrow Boat to Mouse Rat). Pratt will soon be taking his talents to the big screen with a role in the Columbia drama, Moneyball.
While he is no stranger to film — Pratt has recently appeared in Wanted and Jennifer’s Body — this role has the potential to be a huge step forward for the actor as he will be working alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. For more information on the film as well as the character Pratt will be portraying, hit the jump.
Per the Risky Business report,
“Pratt will play Scott Hatteberg, whose career as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox ended after he ruptured a nerve in his elbow and could no longer throw a ball post-surgery. He was recruited by the Oakland A’s the following year to play first base, and he helped lead the team to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with strong batting as a designated hitter.”
In addition to Moneyball, Pratt will also appear in What’s Your Number?, the upcoming comedy directed by Mark Mylod (Entourage).
As a refresher, Moneyball is being helmed by Oscar-nominee Bennett Miller (Capote) and revolves around “the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.” [IMDB] Joining Pitt, Hoffman, and Pratt in the adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2003 novel of the same name is Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Kathryn Morris, and Stephen Bishop. The film has yet to begin production and is currently slated for a 2011 release.