Oh, gosh, and here is Brad looking all British upper-classy with his ascot.
This is too bad–well, for me at least. Remember how we heard the other day that Brad Pitt was planning to star in “Cogan’s Bluff,” a “mobster comedy” from Andrew Dominik, who directed Pitt in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford?” Well, Vulture now reports that the “Cogan” plan has led Pitt to drop out of “The Lost City of Z,” the planned adaptation of David Grann’s book. I’m sorry about this because the book is tremendous. Really, movie plans or not, just go read it.
“Cogan’s Bluff,” as described by Deadline, is about “Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob.” In “Z,” Pitt would have played British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon in 1925 while searching for the legendary city of El Dorado.
So does the loss of Pitt mean that plans for “Z” will be scuttled? Pitt’s name can get anything made; will producers shy away from the period drama without Pitt? Or do they think the book’s rep is strong enough to withstand a star who burns a little less brightly? Speaking of replacement casting, wow, I tried to come up with someone else and have really run into a wall. You do need someone in his 40s or so for the role, so all the young guns are out. If they’re going to recast, it would be actually nice to have someone British. While it’s not an action role, it would help to have someone who looks like he would scrap the comforts of home to go explore an untamed jungle. It’s tough…Hmm…maybe Jude Law? That’s all I’ve got.