Brad Pitt is professional enforcer Jackie Cogan in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, based on the book Cogan's Trade. It was a hit at Cannes — receiving a 10-minute standing ovation — and brings the actor back to the role of the baddie, which we're always excited about. The crime thriller is stacked against several major Weinstein Company releases (including The Master), as Huff Post points out, but after watching the clip, we could be in for a real treat from the director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
This is about Pitt's character hunting down the crooks that robbed a Mob-protected poker game, which our reviewer from Cannes says, "reflects the banking crisis and the government's reaction to it." The1974 novel's political landscape was updated to feature an excerpt from President Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech, which Pitt reassures "wasn't included" as a cynical look back at a statement of failure, but as a real expression of hope." If you need to feel even more hopeful about the film, delight in the inclusion of James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins — all experienced, talented actors in their element. Also, fear not fans of on-screen carnage: the package features plenty of it.
Look for Killing Them Softly in theaters October 19. In the meantime, indulge in Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around" in the trailer below.