Brad Pitt is reportedly starring in Quentin Tarantino’s final film The Movie Critic, according to a Deadline report.
The pair previously worked together in 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with the role bringing Pitt his first Oscar for best supporting actor. Pitt also starred in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds and featured in 1993’s True Romance, which was co-written by Tarantino.
The new Los Angeles-set film, allegedly Tarantino’s last, is set in 1977 about a critic working for a fictional publication called The Popstar Pages. Tarantino has said it’s “based on a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag”. He added: “He was very rude, you know. He cursed. He used racial slurs. But his shit was really funny. He was as rude as hell.”
It’s unclear which role Pitt will play.
“He wrote about mainstream movies and he was the second-string critic,” Tarantino also said to Deadline at last year’s Cannes film festival. “I think he was a very good critic. He was cynical as hell. His reviews were a cross between early Howard Stern and what Travis Bickle might be if he were a film critic.”
Tarantino had previously said the lead would be “somebody in the 35-year-old ball park” and “a new leading man for me”.
The writer-director has previously called Pitt “one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars”. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood made $377m worldwide.
Pitt most recently led action thriller Bullet Train and showbiz drama Babylon. He will next be seen opposite George Clooney in the Apple thriller Wolfs. He’s also starring alongside Javier Bardem and Damson Idris in an untitled F1 movie from Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski.