Bill Murray in talks to play Joe Maddon in Cubs movie
Cubs manager, a Hazleton native, would be thrilled with casting.
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.
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.