CATEGORIES Movie NewsBrad Pitt had such good luck when "Moneyball" was released on Sept. 23, 2011, it seems The Weinstein Company is hoping lightning strikes twice. The studio has set "Cogan's Trade," with Pitt in a lead role, for Sept. 21, 2012.
In the film, Pitt plays Cogan, a mob enforcer on the trail of two junkies who robbed a mob-backed card game. (You might remember how that went down for some very foolhardy thugs on "The Sopranos.") In a nice twist, Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, as well as mob-movie veteran Ray Liotta are on board as well.
According to Slashfilm, Gandolfini will play "a washed-up, alcoholic, hard-up-for-cash hit man who was brought on by Jackie (Pitt) to do the first job he's done in a long time but proves to be more of a liability."
The movie is based on the 1974 novel of the same name by George V. Higgins, who also wrote "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," which became an underrated mob pic starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.
"Cogan's Trade" reteams Pitt with Andrew Dominik, who directed him in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." The film also costars Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard.
For a look at Pitt as Cogan, head over to Slashfilm.