Parks & Recreation's Chris Pratt Plays Moneyball In The Hiatus
It was probably a little too optimistic to dream that Chris Pratt might somehow snag an Emmy nomination for his gut-bustingly funny work as slacker Andy on Parks & Recreation, a show that couldn't even muster up enough Emmy love for its own Best Comedy Series nod. But at least someone is recognizing Pratt's amazing work in another way-- THR reports he's yet another last-minute addition to the cast of Moneyball, which starts shooting in Los Angeles next week.
Based on Michael Lewis's book about Oakland A's manager Billy Beane and his efforts to restructure his team, Moneyball will feature Pratt as Scott Hatteberg, a former Red Sox catcher who joined the A's after a nerve injury and found a second career as first baseman and designated hitter. The side-by-side photo of Hatteberg and Pratt dug up by THR (and reposted above)shows off a remarkable resemblance between the two, and given how great he is as a background player on Parks every now and then brought up front, Pratt should be an excellent addition to the already-strong Moneyball ensemble.
Moneyball also stars Brad Pitt as Beane, Jonah Hill as the whiz kid brought in to help out, Robin Wright and Kathryn Morris as Beane's wives past and present and Phliip Seymour Hoffman as the team's manager Art Howe. Bennet Miller will be directing it starting next week, and Lord will I ever be glad that I no longer have to write casting pieces about this movie.
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