Bill Mur­ray in talks to play Joe Mad­don in Cubs movie

Cubs man­ager, a Ha­zle­ton na­tive, would be thrilled with cast­ing.

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Cubs fans are hop­ing it’s “Ground­hog Dog” this fall in the play­offs.

That’s the clas­sic Bill Mur­ray movie about a man who re­peats the same day over and over, and Cubs fans (in­clud­ing Mur­ray) would love to see their team win a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship, just like last sea­son.

It re­mains to be seen if the Cubs can do that, but there might be a Mur­ray/Cubs con­nec­tion in the fu­ture.

Dead­line Hol­ly­wood is re­port­ing that Mur­ray is in talks to play Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don in a movie about the 2016 World Se­ries team called “Team­mate.” Noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized, but Mad­don would be thrilled.

“Are you se­ri­ous?” Mad­don told The Chicago Tri­bune. “That’s awe­some. He’s much bet­ter look­ing than me. Sec­ond, it’s very flat­ter­ing if it’s true.”

The movie will be based on for­mer Cubs catcher David Ross’ book “Team­mate: My Jour­ney in Base­ball and a World Se­ries for the Ages,” Dead­line Hol­ly­wood re­ported.

Mur­ray is a long­time Cubs fan who grew up in Wil­mette, Ill. He joined in the club­house cel­e­bra­tion af­ter their vic­tory in the de­cid­ing Game 7 of the 2016 World Se­ries.

Mur­ray at­tended a din­ner party last Dec. 16 at Val­ley Coun­try Club in Su­gar­loaf Twp. that Mad­don held to raise money for the Ha­zle­ton One Com­mu­nity Cen­ter that he helped es­tab­lish.

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Noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized, but Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don, right, a Ha­zle­ton na­tive, said it would be ‘awe­some’ if ac­tor Bill Mur­ray, left, played him in a movie about the 2016 World Se­ries team.

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