Brad Pitt has secured his first post-Oscar gig. Last week it was reported that John Wick and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch was developing a new film titled Bullet Train. Well, the movement on the project must have been just as fast as the title implies, as just a week later Pitt is already on board to star.
The film is based on the popular Japanese manga. Zak Olkewicz (Fear Street) will write the script, supervised by Leitch.
The plot revolves around five assassins who all find themselves on the same train from Tokyo to Morioka. It’s unclear how much of the source material will be translated for this new version, but that sounds like a perfect excuse for Leitch’s impressive stunts and choreography.
Pitt had already signed on for another major role since winning Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
That is a role in Damien Chazelle‘s old Hollywood drama Babylon. He still has that gig lined up, but the coronavirus pandemic led to Paramount production getting bumped to 2021. Thus, Pitt had time to squeeze another role in, deciding on Bullet Train.
With Pitt now on board, expect production on the project to move forward swiftly, or as swiftly as it can under current conditions. Action aficionados can look forward to another high-octane thrill-ride from Leitch, while Pitt fans can enjoy tracking the actor-producer’s post-Oscar career choices.