Brad Pitt Circling PONTIUS PILATE to Play the Man Who Sentenced Jesus to Death

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Warner Bros. recently acquired Pontius Pilate, a script by Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) about the Roman prefect who presided over Jesus’ trial and was convinced by the crowd to sentence Jesus to death.  Even in his limited appearance in the Biblical canon, Pilate is portrayed as conflicted, reluctant to send a man he believes to be innocent to such a fate.  Blasi has stated that in addition to “the available facts from Roman and Jewish history books and the four gospels,” she speculates to follow Pilate from childhood, showing his time in the military and his rise to political office.  Blasi intends to use this character study as a launching point for “an investigation of the politics of Judea at the time, and what it was like to be occupied by Rome.”

All that is enough to intrigue me… and Brad Pitt.  Deadline reports Pitt is circling the lead role.  Pontius Pilate will provoke controversy no matter who stars, but Pitt’s star power and politics would magnify that, should he sign on.  Hit the jump for more on Pilate.

Warner Bros. Acquires PONTIUS PILATE Picture from Screenwriter Vera Blasi

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Warner Bros. has thrown their entry into the Biblical epic game with an acquisition of a Pontius Pilate film from screenwriter Vera Blasi (Tortilla Soup). The historical figure who was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea is infamously known as the judge presiding over the trial of Jesus and the man who authorized his crucifixion. However, the Blasi script follows the man’s life from his childhood through to his evolution as a fearsome warrior, general and eventual political position.  While there is always a certain level of controversy associated with religious fare, this picture seems to lean more towards a character study.  It’s been described as more in the vein of Braveheart or Gladiator.  Hit the jump for more.

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