Brad Pitt to Star as 'Pontius Pilate' in New Biblical Biopic?
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has plans to produce the life story of Pontius Pilate, the 1st century Roman prefect who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the report, Brad Pitt is said to be interested in taking on the film's leading role.
Vera Blasi ('Women On Top') penned the screenplay for the film which is described as, "a human look at the religious figure and... is primarily based in historical fact, detailing Pilate's life up until the fateful order."
Pitt first gained recognition in 1991's Thelma & Louise (1991). His film credits include A River Runs Through It (1992), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994),Seven (1995) and 12 Monkeys, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.
In 2001 he starred in the major international hit Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007) as well as Troy (2004) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith(2005). Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011). In addition, Pitt owns a Production Company,Plan B Entertainment, whose productions include The Departed (2006), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Moneyball, which garnered a Best Picture nomination.
He most recently was seen on the big screen in 'Killing Them Softly' and will soon appear in Marc Forster's World War Z.