While currently busy filming the zombie apocalypse drama World War Z, Brad Pitt looks to be lining up his next feature. Variety reports that Pitt is in negotiations to star in director James Gray’s The Gray Man. The script, written by Adam Cozad, landed on last year’s black list and is adapted from the thriller novel of the same name by Mark Greaney. Pitt will play the world’s greatest assassin who finds himself fighting his way across Europe to save the life of his handler and his handler’s family.
Pitt has had his eye on the project for a while, as last November we reported that the actor was looking at starring in the film (he ended up shooting Cogan’s Trade first). Gray (We Own the Night) signed on in January and he detailed how he would distinguish the film from other thrillers by focusing on the point-of-view of the protagonist (Like the Bourne movies…). Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Greayney’s novel.
In Greaney’s fast-paced, fun debut thriller, Court The Gray Man Gentry, a former CIA operative now renowned as the ultimate killer for hire, is on the job in Syria and Iraq. To his shock, he learns that a team sent in to rescue him now has him targeted for elimination. On the run, Gentry slowly realizes that huge forces are marshaling against him, from his former government to the one man in England he always trusted. With unbelievable powers of survival, the Gray Man eludes teams of killers and deadly traps, while the reader begins to cheer for this unlikely hero. Cinematic battles and escapes fill out the simplistic but satisfying plot, and Greaney deftly provides small details to show Gentry’s human side, offset by the petty rivalries and greed of his enemies. [Amazon].