If you've ever read the New York Times best seller, "Moneyball," you'd know why they cast Brad Pitt to play Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane in the movie. The only other option would have been Denzel Washington and well... that wouldn't have worked. Beane was the can't-miss prospect in his ball-playing days: golden arm, superior foot speed, handsome, and filled with potential. Every team wanted him, but he fell in the draft because teams suspected he would opt to go to college rather than turn pro. The thing is, Beane decided to turn pro and the Mets even thought so much of him that they pushed him, and not Darryl Strawberry, up to the pros first. Sadly, Beane's career never amounted to much at the plate or on the field. But it was his failure, and the way that scouts evaluated his talent (purely based on potential and talents that had nothing to do with his on-field performance) that lead to his success using new scouting methods and sabermetrics as the GM for the A's.
This movie, which features a script co-written by Aaron Sorkin and co-stars Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, will probably romanticize and embellish the actual story of what happened, but it's more "Hollywood" friendly than the doc*mentary version that got pulled from production two years ago. The trailer is below.