'Moneyball' Duo Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill Back for Another 'True Story'
The Oscar nominees may not have taken anything home last night for their respectable turns in Moneyball, but Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill might get another shot at Academy Awards with a new project. Deadline has word that Pitt is going to produce True Story, a film that will have Hill starring along with James Franco. Normally, we'd see these two together in an Apatow comedy or something, but this project, which will be directed by Rupert Goold and based on a memoir from journalist Michael Finkel, is another fact-based drama that will yet again allow Hill to stretch his acting chops beyond just being a funnyman.
In the film, Hill will play Finkel, a writer for The New York Times Magazine who learned in 2002 that a man names Christian Longo, who was captured in Mexico after bring on the FBI's most wanted list for killing his own family, had been living under Finkel's identity. The next day, the real Finkel ended up being fired by his editors declaring that the writer had fabricated parts of an investigative article. Down on his luck, and his career essentially down the tubes, the story takes a strange turn as Longo said the only journalist he would talk to was Finkel himself. The story is one of a criminal trying to prove his innocence through a man intrigued by a strange mystery and aiming for redemption as a journalist. Franco will likely play Longo, but that's just an educated guess on my part. Either way, it sounds like Hill is really diversifying his career and has a very bright future in both comedy and drama.