The age of Marvel may have brought an end to the era of classic Hollywood leading men but a new film wants to bring that time back with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
What a potentially thrilling combination that is. Clooney and Pitt – that’s almost too much smouldering intensity – have previously worked together to excellent effect in the Ocean’s trilogy and also 2008’s Burn After Reading, one of the Coen Brothers’ most underrated films.
Now, as per The Hollywood Reporter, the acting pair are set to reunite in the as-yet-untitled thriller which is being helmed by Jon Watts, who is interestingly a prominent Marvel director. He’s directed the last three Spider-Man films, Homecoming, Far From Home, and the upcoming No Way Home; a Fantastic Four remake is also currently in development with Watts attached.
He’s also directed several videos for the hilarious satirical news network The Onion which might not say a lot about his thriller filmmaking chops but is a pretty cool little fact nugget.
Clooney and Pitt are also on board to produce the project. And with Sony, Lionsgate, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Annapurna, Universal, MGM, and Warner Bros all locked in a tense bidding war for the film, clearly there’s high hopes for the project.
Little is known about the plot this early but we do know it will tell the tale of “two lone wolf fixers assigned to do the same job.” I’m sure that could make for a thriller film but I also read the potential for a wacky sitcom in that premise.
Clooney has been quieter than his counterpart in acting recently. After a prominent role in another Coen Brothers feature, 2016’s Hail, Caesar!, he directed sci-fi film The Midnight Sky in 2020 but that’s about it.
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Pitt, meanwhile, made for a wonderful pairing with another classic Hollywood leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which notched him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
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