Brad Pitt is reteaming with The Assassination of Jesse James writer-director Andrew Dominik for a “comedic crime saga” called Cogan’s Trade and based on the book by George V. Higgins.
Pitt will play Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer investigating a stick-up at a high-stakes poker game run by the mob. The ensemble cast and the Pitt-Dominik reunion means James stars Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell have been rumored for other roles, according to Deadline and THR. Javier Bardem and Mark Ruffalo are also being considered for what sounds like an intriguing assembly of top talent. Ocean’s 14 anyone?
The project is being unveiled at the American Film Market, which starts today and runs through November 10. Depending on buyers and availability, Trade could become Dominik’s next film instead of his Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde with Naomi Watts. Pitt hasn’t selected his next film — it should be World War Z, damnit! — after completing work on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (set for May 2011) and the re-worked baseball stats movie Moneyball. Deadline’s Fleming says he’s considering optioning Mark Greaney’s novel “The Gray Man” about a CIA operative turned contract killer.
The Assassination of Jesse James is an underappreciated film, in my opinion, and the possibility of Dominik and Pitt reteaming is an exciting one, to say the least. Here’s an excerpt from the book’s Amazon description, “Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.”