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I'm still not sure how director Steven Soderbergh plans to make a compelling movie out of Moneyball, but the casting decisions are certainly proving interesting. Brad Pitt will be portraying A's general manager Billy Beane (seriously) and Variety reports that always amusing comedian Demetri Martin is now signed on to play assistant GM-turned-blogger Paul DePodesta.
But wait, there's more. Pitching coach Rick Peterson will be played by ... Rick Peterson. Obviously the casting director was worried about finding an actor capable of pulling off the curly mullet/windbreaker look without distracting the audience. David Justice and Scott Hatteberg have also signed on to play themselves and there are no doubt thousands of fat actors vying for the role of Jeremy Brown.
Filming is slated to begin in June and the movie is scheduled for a 2011 release, at which point the A's may even have finished above .500 for the first time since 2006.