Another trailer has landed online for Bennett Miller’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball. While the book reads like a long, engrossing essay on the changing nature of baseball and the influence of sabremetrics, the movie looks like it will seize on the familiar tropes of the sports drama with a worst-to-first team, believing in stuff, and shocking the world with victory. There’s nothing wrong with a well-executed sports movie and hopefully Moneyball can deliver. The UK trailer throws in some new footage but like the previous trailers, it’s all about how Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) took a big chance using statistics to build the Oakland A’s rather than giant salaries.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Moneyball will play at the Toronto International Film Festival and open nationwide on September 23rd.
Trailer via MSN UK (do they even care about baseball in the UK?)
Here’s the synopsis for Moneyball:
Based on a true story, Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As 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 (Jonah Hill) 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.