It looks like Chicago Cubs fans will get to relive the team’s historic 2016 World Series again — and this time possibly with even more Bill Murray. Deadline confirmed this week a movie about the victory that broke the 108-year drought is going forward and Murray is in the running to play Maddon, the Cubs’ manager.
“[B]ut it’s not clear yet whether that will happen,” Deadline’s Anita Busch wrote on Wednesday.
Murray, who recently signed on to voice a character in the new DreamWorks film “B.O.O.,” has not commented on the potential role, but Maddon has and he thinks it’s an “awesome” idea.
“He’s much better looking than me,” Maddon, 63, told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. “Second, it’s very flattering if it’s true.”
Of course, if Murray lands the role of Maddon that leaves one obvious question.
Indeed. Who would play Bill Murray?
While Murray obviously didn’t play as integral a part as Maddon did in sealing the Cubs’ victory last year, the 67-year-old actor gained plenty of attention as a high-profile fan at several of the series’ games, including leading a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field. Murray even wound up in the Cubs’ locker room interviewing players and team President Theo Epstein after the team clinched the series in Game 7.
Here’s an idea: Maybe Maddon could play him.
Last June, Maddon expressed a mild interest in acting when he agreed to appear on an episode of the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” at the invitation of one of the show’s stars, Jeff Garlin, who also happens to be a Cubs super fan. The timing, however, didn’t work out, so Maddon did not wind up getting his cameo.
While it would be a shame, of course, the movie could gloss over Murray’s antics. The film, to be directed by Shane Abbess, according to Deadline, will be based on the book “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” Written by former Cubs catcher David Ross, 40, who gave the team a three-run lead in the sixth inning when he became the oldest player to homer in a World Series Game 7, and sportswriter Don Yaeger, the book centers on the long career of Ross, who became known in the locker room as Grandpa Rossy after taking on the role of mentor to some of the team’s young stars.
There is currently no planned release date for the film.