Demetri Martin catches 'Moneyball' role

Steven Soderbergh's pro baseball drama stars Brad Pitt

Demetri Martin has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," a pro baseball drama Steven Soderbergh is directing for Columbia.

Steven Zaillian wrote the screenplay, which adapts Michael Lewis' nonfiction book about Oakland A's GM Billy Beane, who assembled a contending ballclub despite a payroll much lower than other major-league teams.

Martin will play Paul DePodesta, a Harvard graduate who is into stats and probabilities and helps Beane (Pitt) develop his system.

A summer start is being eyed.

Michael De Luca and Rachel Horovitz are producing.

Matt Tolmach, Jonathan Kadin and DeVon Franklin are overseeing for the studio.

Martin, a rising actor and comedian, headlines Comedy Central's "Important Things With Demetri Martin," which sees him wearing actor, writer, composer and executive producer hats.

Last year, he scored a role in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock," an ensemble drama starring Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Martin is repped by CAA.