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Brad Pitt Possibly Starring In ‘The Gray Man’ For James Gray

Written by on August 15, 2011 

In spite — or perhaps because — of him being one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Brad Pitt is also one of the more interesting. A man with as much money and fame as him could just do easy material and collect a paycheck, but look at some of the directors he’s worked with over his career: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, Terry Gilliam, Steven Soderbergh (okay, only one of those was Full Frontal), and Andrew Dominik, among others. All are daring filmmakers who defy a number of mainstream conventions, and he’s had prominent roles in films of theirs.

He’s currently filming World War Z with Marc Forster (I’d mention how this is another example of him branching out, but you hopefully get the point by now), and his schedule after that is open. Variety says that he may follow it up with The Gray Man, a thriller that’s being directed by James Gray and produced by New Regency. The script by Adam Cozad (who wrote the new Jack Ryan movie) is adapted from Mark Greaney‘s novel, and is said to be “a character piece about the world’s greatest assassin (Pitt), burned and on the run when his last job goes bad.”

A start date for shooting isn’t entirely clear yet, due to Angelina Jolie possibly taking the lead part in Malefiicent — the couple doesn’t like to both be filming movies at the same time. Either way, the plan is to commence production in February or March, which would allow Gray and Pitt to finally work together; the two were set to collaborate on The Lost City of Z, but the actor has since dropped out. Gray has another film lined up at the moment, Low Life, which has Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner set to star — that’s still developing, but the busy schedule of the leads has led to something of a delay.

The director said earlier this year that he wanted to shoot this movie in an Enter the Void-style POV format, and while I would love to see that happen, I’m not sure if a studio would fund a movie that only ostensibly stars Pitt; if you have this superstar involved in your movie and just show him in brief moments where he looks in a mirror, that might be a problem. Even if he can’t get that done, the combination of director, star, and material is enough for me to get interested.

You can read a synopsis of the novel below, thanks to Amazon:

Court The Gray Man Gentry, a former CIA operative now renowned as the ultimate killer for hire, is on the job in Syria and Iraq. To his shock, he learns that a team sent in to rescue him now has him targeted for elimination. On the run, Gentry slowly realizes that huge forces are marshaling against him, from his former government to the one man in England he always trusted. With unbelievable powers of survival, the Gray Man eludes teams of killers and deadly traps, while the reader begins to cheer for this unlikely hero.

Have you read the novel that this is based upon? Are you a fan of Gray’s work? Do you think that Pitt is a good choice for the lead?

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