Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman to Star in Important Artifacts
by Alex Billington
March 18, 2009
Before Marvel confirms any cast for Thor, we've got to get some other news out of the way first. Paramount has attached both Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman to star in a film based on the new Leanne Shapton book "Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris." If you couldn't already tell from that title, the book reads like an estate auction catalog, with 325 entries depicting items that reveal the private moments and the rise and fall of a four-year relationship between Hal Morris (a 40ish photographer) and Lenore Doolan, (a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s).
Paramount won an auction for the book rights Tuesday night, with Pitt's Plan B producing with Portman's Handsomecharlie Films banner. Portman first brought the book to Pitt, which is where this all began. The project will be developed as a romantic comedy, with Pitt to play Morris, and Portman to play Doolan. I absolutely love Natalie Portman and would be overjoyed to see her and Pitt in this, though I don't know if I can stomach another relationship movie with her in it. I'm probably most interested in seeing how the director crafts this, because I think it could be developed as a very fresh new take on romantic comedies.