Brad Pitt Starrer 'Moneyball' to Close Tokyo International Film Festival
TOKYO – Bennet Miller’s baseball movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane, will close this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on Oct. 30.
Based on the 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, the film tells the true story of how Beane attempted to compete with richer teams by ignoring much of baseball’s conventional wisdom in analyzing players.
The film’s delayed production saw Steven Soderbergh replaced by Miller, and Aaron Sorkin brought in to rework the script. Sorkin also wrote the script for TIFF’s opening film last year, The Social Network.
Moneyball, which also features Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright, will be released in Japan by Sony Pictures Entertainment on Nov. 11.
TIFF will have double opening films this year with Jackie Chan’s 1911 and The Three Musketeers both screening on Oct. 22.