Brad Pitt Straps on his Guns to Play Jesse James

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Brad Pitt is set to play gunslinger Jesse James in a western via his Plan B Films.

Variety reports Andrew Dominik will direct the movie, which is based on Robert Hansen’s subtly titled novel “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

Hansen re-creates the real West with his imaginative telling of the life of the most famous outlaw of them all, Jesse James, and of his death at the hands of the upstart Robert Ford. James, a charismatic, superstitious, and moody man, holds sway over a ragged gang who fear his temper and quick shooting. Robert Ford, a young gang member torn between worshipping Jesse and taking his place, guns him down in cold blood and lives out his days tormented by the killing.

The book was picked up last year a co-production between Scott Free partners Ridley and Tony Scott, and the Brad Grey, Jennifer Anniston and Pitt owned Plan B. However, there are some matters to be resolved with Grey joining Paramount and Pitt separating from his wife Jennifer Anniston.

Warner Bros’ Kevin McCormick is producing.

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