The first trailer for Moneyball has arrived online via Entertainment Tonight, which means it's a choppier version (with some voiceover from the ET correspondents), but it's definitely enough to hold us over till the official trailer debuts sometime in the next 24 hours, we imagine. Based on a true story (and a script that boasts names like Oscar winners Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian ), Brad Pitt plays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (circa 2002), who took a huge risk and helped change the game of baseball by using computer-generated analysis to draft new players and remain competitive against teams from larger markets with much higher salaries. Jonah Hill co-stars as Oakland's Assistant GM Peter Brand (altered from Paul DePodesta), who was a key figure in applying the principles of sabermetrics to the way the Oakland A's acquired and then positioned its players.
The film -- which looks to have some absolutely beautiful on-field photography -- also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Oakland's manager Art Howe, who we sadly do not hear from in the trailer (though he appears twice). It's definitely a kitchen-sink sort of trailer -- with some baseball, some behind-the-locker-room-door, some human drama, some family drama and some comedy elements (reminiscent of films like Major League) -- proving this to be a lot more than just another baseball movie. Pitt, Hill and the film itself have been at the center of early awards chatter, and it's tough to get a sense for just how strong these performances are based solely on this first trailer. There are the right music cues, though, and that Jerry Maguire, one-man-takes-on-the-world sort of vibes, so we'll see. It's feeling good right now.
Awards aside, it definitely sold us. What about you? Moneyball swings into theaters on September 23rd.
Updated with full trailer via Yahoo Movies