High up on our most-anticipated of 2012 countdown is Andrew Dominik‘s follow-up to his modern masterpiece The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. For Cogan’s Trade, the director re-teams with Brad Pitt and today we have our first look at the ensemble joining him. We’ve uncovered a batch of photos including Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta, which can be viewed above and below thanks to Kinopoisk.

Based on George V. Higgins‘ novel, which has dark comedy elements and violence, the crime drama follows  ”a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.” The cast also includes Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, Max Casella, Bella Heathcote, Scoot McNairyBen Mendelsohn and Vincent Curatola.  

Pitt recently expressed his admiration for Jesse James, saying it “just gets better and better” as time goes and Trade is just as “unconventional as well.” Judging just by the synopsis, I’m very curious at what style Dominik incorporates here, because I’m unsure it would suit the same restrained, relaxed style found in his 2007 drama. As for the new looks, they are photos from the set and not stills, so any sense of cinematography can not be gathered. Without Roger Deakins by his side I look to forward what Greig Fraser cooks up. For now, check them out (including a higher-res previous snap of Pitt) and stay tuned for all Cogan’s Trade updates.

Cogan’s Trade is expected to arrive late 2012.

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