Brad Pitt Circling The Lead In 'Pontius Pilate'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 7, 2013 9:29 PM
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Brad Pitt didn't have the greatest 2012. Oh sure, he bagged a role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," and a small part in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave," but Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" bombed hard, while his big budget zombie movie "World War Z" endured a release date delay, reshoots, and the worst buzz of the year. So, for his next move, he's going to play the lead in "Pontius Pilate"?

Well, we admire the swagger we guess. The actor is circling the project that was first announced last summer, and described as a kind of "Braveheart" or "Gladiator" epic-sized movie that tells the story of Pontius' rise from battlefield warrior to cog in the political machine, who is assigned to Judea which just happens to be a seething well of religious tension, and he gets in way over his head, and winds up in control of the fate of this guy named Jesus. And stopping by for apperances? Caligula, Tiberius, John the Baptist, King Herod, Salome, Mary Magdalene and Caiaphas. Your preacher is gonna flip.

Of couse, nothing is confirmed and Pitt circles lots of stuff, all the time, without committing, so we'll see. And also, there's no director attached yet and who that winds up being will probably be a big part of getting Pitt involved or not. But we'll go ahead and say he currently has the hair for the job, and if anyone could make the masses care for a "Pontius Pilate" movie, he could. [Deadline]

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12 Comments

  • Sean | January 10, 2013 3:01 AMReply

    Dont see this happening at all, I dont even see the film happening in general at all...

    Really controversial subject matter, dont think Pitt would necessarily be up for a relgious themed film.... & I dont even see him in such a role he was good in Troy he did well, but this is a different beast far more complicated & controversial

  • Duddi | January 8, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    I don't think that he will commit to this one, as he's been involved in that Captain Nemo movie "20 leagues under the sea" with Fincher behind the camera... who knows maybe that will happen later since Fincher might be doin' another "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" movie and in the scanario maybe he will do this one... And 'hey' wasn't he already involved in Candy Man with Denzel Washington and in "The Tiger" and also in "The Gray Man" ... Maybe most of this movie will end up being produced by his Plan B comp.

  • Aaron | January 8, 2013 11:12 AMReply

    Do they not know that the so-called letters of Potius speaking of this mythical Jesus person were proved to be frauds and he never spoke or even knew of this Jesus(although the letter J was not even in existence at that time anyway)

  • Dong | January 8, 2013 9:41 PM

    Wrong

  • benson | January 7, 2013 11:19 PMReply

    Brad can't pull-off accents, he can't do sandal films, and Pitt was out of his league in Troy. This is just ridiculous.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 7, 2013 10:57 PMReply

    Is this really a must-see movie concept? I'd rather watch an origin film about Enzo, the baker from "The Godfather."

  • serpico | January 7, 2013 10:32 PMReply

    Yes! I love sandal movies.

  • Meals | January 7, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    I don't think he had a bad year in 2012. He worked away on projects that will see the light of day in 2013, as is the tendency of actors - they disappear for a year and then they're in everything. Take Joseph Gordon Levitt for 2012 or Scoot McNairy... And Killing Them Softly may have failed to set the boxoffice alight but it was a damn fine film with a mighty strong performance from Pitt. Not too shabby.

  • sam | January 7, 2013 11:02 PM

    yeah. i was gonna say about Killing Them Softly. it wasn't marketed all that much, and Brad's face wasn't plastered everywhere about it, so the masses didn't go. most of what i heard is that it's a fine, fine film. i don't think box office returns is Brad Pitt's biggest concern at this time in his career.

  • frankie | January 7, 2013 9:49 PMReply

    It's strange that although Killing Them Softly didn't do well compared to how wide it was released on it's opening weekend, it's still considered a "massive bomb" and a "disaster". The film had a $15 million dollar budget and has made over $35 million so far. Almost $15 million of that $35 million gross was domestic. So, maybe a slight disappointment? Against it's modest budget (for a Brad Pitt film, anyway) the film has been far from a "bomb".

  • Elle | January 7, 2013 10:58 PM

    I 2nd this. The common logic (to account for promotional costs) is to double the films budget. Double KTS and you've got a $30 million budget, all in. As of now, the film has almost made $35 million so if anything, its made a small profit. And of course, none of this accounts for future DVD/Blu Ray sales. The Tree of Life made even less money domestically. I don't recall anyone referring to THAT film as a "bomb"....

  • kitcon | January 7, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    He has the hair to play Jesus but Pilate has always been depicted w/ short hair a la Julius Caesar. I just might root for Pitt to take the role if only to see him get a haircut & shave.

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