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Pitt and Norton Reunite for State of Play

Published September 12, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
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Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are looking to get back in front of the camera together for State of Play, Universal Pictures' adaptation of the popular British miniseries.

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton for State of Play


Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, State of Play will feature Edward Norton as a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politico-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper's investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the politician's estranged wife.

Universal Pictures has been hoping to fasttrack the project for a few reasons. One, they were looking to get the project in production ASAP after acquiring it in an auction and, two, Brad Pitt, who has been attached since the beginning, was being courted for other projects while Universal waited on a script rewrite. Pitt re-committed to the project after the updated script was turned in by Carnahan.

The project is now getting prepped for a November start date.



Norton wasn't is as big of rush as Universal or Pitt, as he is still working to complete The Incredible Hulk. Once that production wraps, he will immediately jump over to State of Play.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, State of Play will be the first time Pitt and Norton shared a camera since Pitt was only a figment of Norton's imagination in Fight Club.

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