First Trailer for MONEYBALL Starring Brad Pitt [UPDATED]

     June 15, 2011


Columbia Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Moneyball by way of Entertainment Tonight.  Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of Oakland Athletics who helped usher in a statistical revolution to professional baseball.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop, Kathryn Morris, and Chris Pratt also star.  Bennett Miller (Capote) directed the movie from a script by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian.  Moneyball opens September 23.  Watch the trailer after the break.

[Update: Sony has released the official version of the trailer, which we've now included after the jump]

Click over to Yahoo! to watch in HD.

I love the book.  Insomuch as Moneyball is about statistics, it’s difficult to visualize as a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt.  But author Michael Lewis is a journalist by trade rather than a statistician, and really tells the hell out of the story.  The main conflict is very clear in the trailer: Billy Beane against the traditionalists.  The way it unfolds in the above two minutes seems practically formulaic.

Yet the clip hints at so much style.  I love the way the stadium is lit at night.  And I can’t wait to see the “getting the gang together” montage applied to a multimillion dollar professional sports team.

Official synopsis:

Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution — one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game


  • stranglelove

    Shoulda been Matthew McConaughey. I’m sure it’s well written, though.

    • junierizzle

      Na, no offense to McConaughey but I don’t think this movie would have the same gravitas that it has with PITT.

  • Rev. Slappy

    Entertainment Tonight is so fucking wretched.

  • Sam

    As an englishman who has never cared about baseball im only interested in the incredible cast and crew. Im going to have to watch the trailer in HD when I can to really look at Pfister’s cinematography as The Italian Job is the only non-nolan film ive seen of his.

  • Mickey

    Brad Pitt in this reminds me so much of Robert Redford in the Natural , same hairstyle and almost the same age !!!

    • Bill Graham

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought he looked like Robert Redford!

  • junierizzle

    Looks good. I loved CAPOTE and have been eagerly awaiting Bennet Miller’s follow up.

  • Mountaineeerb3nr

    Did anyone else notice Activision’s money crazed CEO Bobby Kotick in this trailer? Where he also happens to be talking about money haha…

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  • kungfukid

    have not seen Benneth Miller’s work(i have yet to see Capote), but Pfister’s non Nolan movie excites me. Sorkin’s Social Network follow up is certainly exciting to see. and Pitt with Hoffman is a must see.

    finally Pitt has left the “movie star” status, and is now truly an “actor” that is also a movie star.

    this films made him a true actor

    Assasination of Jesse James
    Burn After Reading
    Inglourious Basterds

    and i have yet to see Tree Of Life

    • Sam

      Apart from looking like he hated being in the film I cant remember Brad doing any acting in Inglorious Basterds.

      • kungfukid

        are you kidding me? that was probably one of the most fun Brad had playing a character. staying in character(as said publicly by QT) even when the cameras aren’t rolling means he is having the time of his life. another performance that comes to mind is Burn After Reading.

        Jesse James and Babel might not fit in this category as they are more of a serious film, but no doubt he enjoyed that experience too.

    • fabrice

      and what about 12 monkeys, seven, meet joe black and fight club?

      great actor

  • Jymmy Scheibli aka jymmymack

    As an Oakland A’s fan, I am stoke to see this movie. I find it ironic that it is coming out after Billy Beane has taken a nosedive here in Oakland and has made several terrible decisions which have led to three straight losing seasons. Oh well, let’s go back to the glory days. Let’s go Oakland! (Also digging the fact that the trailer has a huge shout out to Ron Washington)

  • turk 189

    You want to drink Pepsi…

    You want to wear Puma…

    Fucking product placement! I don’t spend 8 $ to see a fucking ad!

  • Rev. Slappy

    Also, the book is fantastic.

  • SPS

    Looks better than I expected. It will be tough to pick between this and The Tree of Life for a potential Oscar nomination for Brad.

    On the plus side, it’s an Aaron Sorkin script, which after The Social Network, is pretty hot.

    • Sam

      Unless you have seen it and know otherwise I dont think Tree Of Life is really a performance film in that way. Editing, directing, cinematography, score, writing ect but im not sure about performance.

    • junierizzle

      Besides Pitt is hardly even in The Tree of Life.

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  • Kenny B

    I love baseball movies, and this looks like it could be a lot of sentimental fun, I love my family fun too possibly.

  • Matt

    How many post-season series have the A’s won again?

  • ben

    that’s it, talk over the trailer you fucking cretins. without your intros, I just wouldn’t get it….

  • kungfukid

    if this movie hits, it’s time for a “Decision” film. starring Sean Penn as Pat Riley. Aaron Sorking should write it!

    • junierizzle

      Ha. That’s actually a good idea!

  • Marlboroliteman

    Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, the entire E! channel and the rest of the clones should be violently yanked off the air, cancelled, and outlawed.
    Why is there not a Surgeon General warning that you kill off brain cells watching those shows with their phony puke inducing hosts. All of the hosts on those shows behave in a bizarre way like they’re robots or aliens trying to convice us that they’re really humans.
    Ohh the movie by the way looks pretty good I’m definatly gonna check it out.

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  • Winee

    This is the movie that i can’t left without checking as from the trailers of the movie that thing is clear that the act of brad pit and the theme of the movie are perfect. so I am looking forward to watch moneyball. One the movie that has the lots of hope of the audience.