Thursday, November 22, 2007
Pitt Walks From 'State of Play'

The film project 'State of Play' was due to begin filming on November 15th, but star Brad Pitt quit the same week of script concerns.

The Fight Club star was due to reunite with Edward Norton in the drama directed by Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald, with Dame Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn also to feature.

But while Pitt's interest in the project was piqued by Matthew Michael Carnahan's adaptation of Paul Abbott's UK mini-series, the Hollywood Reporter claims numerous rewrites have left the actor unhappy with the completed script.

And Universal Studios have confirmed Pitt's exit in a statement: "Brad Pitt has left the Universal Pictures production of State of Play. We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie."

Actors in contention to replace Pitt are Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp, who became available because the writers strike has postponed production on their projects as well.


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