Thesps would join Pitt, Hill in Columbia's baseball pic
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright are in early talks to join Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball.”If Hoffman’s deal comes together, project would reteam the thesp with helmer Bennett Miller, who directed Hoffman to a best actor Oscar in “Capote.” After pulling the plug on the baseball-themed pic once before, the studio is readying “Moneyball” for a July start date in Los Angeles. Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book, story centers on the 2002 Oakland Athletics, who were led by general manager Billy Beane (Pitt) to an excellent season despite having the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues. Hoffman would play team manager Art Howe, who frequently clashed with Beane over strategic decisions. Wright would portray Beane’s ex-wife. Hoffman’s directorial debut, “Jack Goes Boating,” will be released by Overture Sept. 17.