Brad Pitt Re-Teams with Director Andrew Dominik in Cogan's Trade
01.06.11 by BJSprecher
Even though director Andrew Dominik's dramatic Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, was a bust at the box office, the movie was a hit with the critics, landing on several "Top Ten" lists for 2007 and garnering two Academy Award nominations. Dominik has been linked to several projects since Jesse James that have failed to get the green light, but he will soon be back in the director's chair, re-teaming with his Jesse James star, Brad Pitt, on Cogan's Trade, a comedic thriller based on George V. Higgins' crime novel of the same name about a mob enforcer (Pitt) investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.
According to Scene, Cogan's Trade, will go into production in New Orleans in March and Pitt may not be the only Jesse James star re-teaming with Dominik. The entertainment magazine lists Casey Affleck, who played Robert Ford in Jesse James, as also being on board. This appears to be on the money based on an interview Affleck gave back in November in which he admitted to being in talks with Dominik on an adaptation of an unspecified "crime novel that is set in Boston," but which will not "be set in Boston."
And, as if the prospect of seeing Pitt and Affleck on screen together again wasn't enticing enough, Scene also listed several other high-profile actors as possibly being on board for Cogan's Trade, including Josh Brolin, Sam Rockwell, Zoe Saldana , Mark Ruffalo and Bill Murray. Of the actors listed, Ruffalo's involvement is the most in doubt since he is set to star as Dr. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, in The Avengers, which is tentatively slated to start shooting in April in New Mexico.