Brad Pitt Eyes “Pontius Pilate”

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

Warning, Brad--if you play a Roman, you'll have to cut your hair...

According to Deadline, Brad Pitt is considering starring in “Pontius Pilate,” a Biblical epic about the Roman prefect who infamously washed his hands of condemning Jesus Christ, and instead allowed the mob to make the decision for crucifixion. At least I think that’s how most of gospels report it.

Vera Blasi wrote the script, which Warner Brothers is producing. Reportedly it details Pilates rise through the ranks of the Roman military, with his eye on the prize of a plum political job. Instead he gets sent to govern the province of Judea, which is a simmering mess of discontent with Roman rule and religious dissent. Obviously I haven’t read the script, but Mike Fleming at Deadline did, and he loves it. So there’s one in the corner for Pilate. The movie, at least.

Pitt hasn’t signed on yet, but I’m sure he’s choice one for the producers with no one a close second. Pitt’s name would just make it easier to market a story many people think they already know, and possibly bring in some interest from those who otherwise might not pay attention to Biblical material. And hey, if Russell Crowe’s playing Noah, why wouldn’t Pitt play Pontius Pilate? It all makes sense.

After a quiet 2012 (quiet as in his one movie, “Killing Them Softly,” flopped), there’s a lot of Pitt on the horizon.  He has “World War Z” finally come out this summer, followed by Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave,” and Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor.”

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