Ray Liotta Joins ‘Cogan’s Trade’

Add one more name to the impressive cast roster of Andrew Dominik‘s new film Cogan’s Trade. Brad Pitt stars in a story about a mob enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a poker game, and supporting roles are inhabited by James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Vincent Curatola and Richard Jenkins.

Now Ray Liotta is in the mix, too. Read More »


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Briefly: Every piece of news on Andrew Dominik’s new project Cogan’s Trade makes the film sound better and better. We’ve got the Assassination of Jesse James reunion of the director, Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell and reportedly Casey Affleck. Then there are James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcote playing additional roles.

Now Richard Jenkins has been added to the cast, playing a lawyer who has inside info on a high-stakes card game that gets robbed, leading mob enforcer Brad Pitt to track down those responsible. The film is based on a crime novel by George V. Higgins, and the film is said to have some comedy elements as well. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film early next year. [Variety]

Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »

Briefly: Cogan’s Trade keeps sounding better and better. Sam Rockwell has been rumored to be part of film, and he’s now confirmed. That makes the movie look more and more like a big reunion of The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford crew. (Too bad Jeremy Renner will likely be too busy to show up.) Andrew Dominik directs the film with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck starring. The ensemble film is a ‘comic crime saga,’ and an adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel about a heist that takes place during a mob-run high stakes poker game.

Interesingly, Deadline reports the news but still calls Casey Affleck’s participation a rumor. Also rumored are Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. Cogan’s Trade will reportedly shoot in New Orleans sometime around March. It’s definitely one of the most promising films that is casting right now.

We heard not long ago that director Andrew Dominik might be doing another film with Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt, aka the leads from his last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In November Brad Pitt was said to be negotiating for a role in Cogan’s Trade, which will adapt the George V. Higgins novel about Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob.” Now a report from Louisiana says that the actor is set for the film, which will film in the bayou state beginning in March. Read More »

And the pieces start to come together. Not long ago, word came down that director Andrew Dominik and his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford star Casey Affleck were going to shoot a new ‘Boston-based crime story.’ At the time we didn’t know what the story might be.

New info now indicates that the story is Cogan’s Trade, with a script by Mr. Dominik. And it could be even more of a Jesse James reunion than we’d expected, as Brad Pitt, who played Jesse James for Andrew Dominik, looks ready to sign on. Read More »

Earlier this year, Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) was one of two filmmakers lined up to make films based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. He was prepping Blonde, based on the Joyce Carol Oates speculative biography of the actress, with Naomi Watts set to star. The Weinstein Company and Simon Curtis were prepping My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams.

The latter got in motion first, and is shooting now. Between that and the announcement that Mr. Dominik might be shooting another film with his Jesse James star Casey Affleck by early next year, it seemed like Blonde was on hold at the very least, and possibly dead. Naomi Watts made a few comments about it this week, however, making Blonde sound as if it will happen one day, and perhaps sooner rather than later. Read More »


Earlier this week a single line in a New York Times piece got my hopes up, by saying that Casey Affleck would soon work again with director Andrew Dominik. That would be a re-teaming of two of the primaries from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. (Affleck played Ford, Brad Pitt played James; hopefully this is a superfluous recap.) Now, in a different interview, Affleck has seemingly confirmed the plan to re-team.

This raises two questions. One: what’s the new movie? And two, what does this mean for Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe biopic Dominik had planned to shoot in January? Read More »

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