We previously reported that Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck are re-teaming with their “Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” director, Andrew Dominik, for an adaptation of George V. Higgins’ 1974 crime novel, “Cogan’s Trade”. Part of that report was that Sam Rockwell was one of the actors hovering around the project. Now Deadline confirms that Rockwell, himself a “Jesse James” alum, has committed to the project.
Pitt will play Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer, who investigates the robbery of a high-stakes, mob-protected poker game. Efficient and shrewd, Cogan has to restore the order to the mob while chaos and violence erupt around him. Rockwell’s role is not yet written in stone, but he will be part of an ensemble cast. Maybe Dominik and company can get on the horn and round up the rest of the crew from “Jesse James”.
Other actors rumored to be interested in “Cogan’s Trade” include Bill Murray, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem. No matter who signs on, I will be seeing this, and it has already climbed the ladder of the films I’m eagerly anticipating.
“Cogan’s Trade” is expected to begin filming in New Orleans in March.