Report: Bill Murray could portray Joe Maddon in Cubs movie
A film about the Chicago Cubs finally breaking their 108-year championship drought last fall reportedly is in the works. And a rumor suggests that none other than Cubs superfan Bill Murray may portray manager Joe Maddon in the movie.
The upcoming film is based upon the book, “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages,” written by now-retired Cubs catcher David Ross. The book documents the team’s World Series run that culminated in a thrilling, extra-inning Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The movie is expected to be simply called “Teammate” and director Shane Abbess has been attached to the project, according to a Deadline Hollywood report.
Murray reportedly is engaged in talks to portray Maddon in the film, although it remains unclear if that will in fact occur.
It without question would be a stroke of casting genius to bring Murray on for the project, given the legendary actor’s longstanding devotion to the once-“cursed” Cubs organization. And if Murray ends up not playing the role of Maddon, perhaps he could simply portray himself in the picture, as his passionate presence throughout the Cubs’ World Series run was one of the most memorable aspects of the team’s long-awaited championship.