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Brad Pitt Drops 'State of Play'

Brad Pitt Drops 'State of Play'

Brad Pitt has dropped out of State of Play and Universal Pictures is currently trying to replace him, according to Variety.

If Brad‘s character doesn’t recast and get the picture going by Nov. 29, it will begin losing the other actors in the film and Universal can bring a lawsuit against Brad for bailing.

Brad was set to star alongside Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn in the Matthew Michael Carnahan-scripted adaptation of the British miniseries. Brad was playing a politico-turned-journalist who spearheads a newspaper’s investigation of a murder, a trail that leads to the fast-rising pol whose campaigns were once masterminded by Brad‘s character.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad has pulled out because of script concerns and the script cannot be worked on due to the writers strike.

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  • pax

    it was pax’s birthday they should have had another s tart date


  • janice

    Yeah. New Thread. :)

  • question

    It means family time.maybe baby number 5 on the way.



  • LS89

    Ever since he did The Devil’s Own, which was a nightmare experience because they had a mess of a script and were re-writing it all through the movie, Brad will not start a shoot, if he has serious reservations about it. With the strike, the script has to be shot, as is. As Roo said, it was either hold up production, all together, or give the studio a chance to recast and shoot it in the window.

  • Anonymous

    Good news, they can have time to make baby # 5.

  • janice


    Play Time’s Over for Pitt
    Star’s pullout leaves State in jeopardy.

    November 21, 2007 – Brad Pitt has dropped out of starring in Universal’s political thriller State of Play. The Kevin Macdonald-directed project, which is a remake of a British miniseries, would have re-teamed Pitt with his Fight Club co-star Edward Norton.

    The studio said in a statement issued to Variety, “We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie. We reserve all rights in this matter.”

    Variety says Pitt pulled out early Wednesday “following two weeks of struggle and meetings with director Kevin Macdonald that prevented the film from making its original Nov. 15 production start date.”

    Unless the studio can recast Pitt’s role immediately and begin filming by Nov. 29, other cast members — including Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, and Jason Bateman — may start dropping out as well.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Sources said the studio is looking at Johnny Depp, whose own movie Shantaram just got postponed at Warner Bros., as well as Russell Crowe” as possible replacements. The trade adds that “the studio is mulling its legal options and might sue the actor.”

    THR claims Pitt dropped out over script concerns, which can’t be addressed due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike. Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the script.

  • sharon

    I am not very excited about his on-screen romance with Robin Penn really. I am not a fan of Robin. I think her role in Beowulf is really strange.

  • sara

    no they won`t sue him,It is not the first time actors drop one movie.BTW I think he wasn`t happy with script so he drops it.Thanks JJ for new thread,so much better than last one.

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    Well, the family will have more time to spend together. They’re going to have a great holiday season, all together.

  • janice

    Although the casting was quite strong, I believe there was a lot of pressure on the film to be as good as the original BBC series, hence going through several (I think 4) stages of re-writes/writers.

    Well, seems like something good came out of this. The Pitt’s will have the opportunity to have a nice long Christmas holiday and
    Awww…Shitzo won’t be able to give us an exclusive of Brad from DC anymore. Darn. Yah, f*cking right. I’m glad that instead she’ll have to slave away like a minion covering some lie for her employer. Cancel that ‘ticket’ honey, you ain’t going nowhere. Ha.

  • samara

    well, the man does have a lot going on..I do love to watch him on the big screen..but he cant have every role..i wouldnt want him to anyway..

  • talula

    Just about anybody can replace him. He’s hot but can’t act.

  • Debra

    Brad ages like a fine wine.he is more handsome right now,I really don`t like her boyish face.BTW I don`t follow him so won`t comment about the titel but many actors drop movies due to script.It is not a big deal.

  • tabitha

    I’m sure there was a good reason why he pulled. To be honest this movie did not appeal to me so I am glad he pulled out.

  • Lady G

    6 question : 11/21/2007 at 4:57 pm


    9 Anonymous : 11/21/2007 at 4:58 pm


    Stop the obsession with Angie’s womb!

    Did it ever cross either of your minds that maybe Brad isn’t happy with the script? And with the strike going on there has been no improvement on the current screen — so he chose to pull out of the film. It’s not the first time Brad walk away from a bad script. btw everyone that cared to know, knew Brad wasn’t happy with the script!

    And, I bet you Universal won’t sue, either!

  • junebug

    Brad has alot more options than many other actors, plus he has that fighting movie with Mark Wahlberg coming up. He doesn’t have to beg anybody for a role. He can pretty much be as choosy as he wants to be.

    Angie and the kiddies will be more than happy to have Big Daddy at home through the holidays.

    Universal won’t sue him, they’ll just cast him another movie. That’s the way the game is played, and Brad knows what he is doing after all these years in Hollywood.

  • tabitha

    I’m sure he is looking forward to having at least several months of family time.

  • sharon

    when is he going to start shooting “Fighters”?

  • alison p

    Just shows Mr Pitt has power. He’s not afraid to walk away from a studio movie.

    BTW I doubt J Depp would do a movie if there are script problems.

  • MM

    Brad LINDO!!!!

  • alison p

    23 sharon

    The Fighter is not suppose to start filming until the fall of 2008. So he will either pick up another movie or will have a long break with Angelina and the kids.

  • question

    20 Lady G

    Why are you this much angry?I didn`t say anything wrong,I can talk for a fun,have alittle sense of humor and are in celebrity blog not political is so sad you jumped on me because I said my opinion for fun.and I can read that he wasn`t happy with script.I don`t really know what should I say to you.because there was nothing wrong with my comment but it becomes part of your habit to jump on each one of people who says their your energy for haters not fans.peace :)

  • janice

    20 Lady G : 11/21/2007 at 5:06 pm

    Amen! The pregnancy stories are so taxing and weren’t we giving them a bit of a rest? Why throw them into the discussion again?

  • nicole

    If he doesn’t like the script, it is good to drops out. Remember movie “Fountain”, he didn’t like the script and dropped out. glad he dropped out that movie. That movie was terrible.

  • question

    I think probably he will work on another movie and will pick up another movie,but maybe not and he will decide to spend all his time with his family.

  • Orange Clockwork

    Umm, anyone can replace Pitt. He’s a terrible actor.

  • coco

    didn’t he go to washington d.c just to research his part for the film? bummer

  • *

    Johnny Depp would be a good replacement but darn it! It’ll be so much better with Brad. The British miniseries was a great movie.

  • think positive!

    New thread!! Thanks Jared. It’s too bad Brad dropped cause I really liked him to be in this movie but things like that happens all the time in the industry. Many actors and actresses have done the same before. It was impossible for the script to be re-checked due the writer’s strike. I really don’t think they will find a replacement that soon so most likely the movie will not be made after all.

    Brad has been in HW for 20 years and he is one of the most shout out actors. He has the right to make his choices. It’s not a big deal really. Brad has BAR and TCCOBB next year!! He won’t be missed!!

    On the other hand that means that the JP will have a long break to enjoy their fam!! Good for them!!

  • yeah

    I don`t think he will stay home all his time,he knows that means more fight with for sure he will look for another movie to stay away from her.

  • Lady G

    26 question : 11/21/2007 at 5:12 pm


    Not angry. Just sick of the same old, same old. As I have stated before I will be the first online to offer my congrads when Angie and Brad tells us a new little Jolie-Pitt is on the way.

    What I do get tire of is some of you acting like Angie only worth is what takes place in her womb.

  • well….

    Brad had a pay or play deal. Thus UP just put out that they might sue so they don’t have to pay Brad. There will be no suit.

    Terrible actors don’t have script approval. Ask …well never mind.

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    I’m just happy that if Brad doesn’t pick up another movie, Brad, Angie and their too-cute-for-words kids will be able to spend down time together and stay away from the crazy rags trying to attack them. I can’t wait for the Golden Globes nominations, and the next time we see Brad and Angie should be on the red carpet in January. Maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of them before then. :-)

  • think positive!

    20 junebug : 11/21/2007 at 5:07 pm

    Brad has alot more options than many other actors, plus he has that fighting movie with Mark Wahlberg coming up. He doesn’t have to beg anybody for a role. He can pretty much be as choosy as he wants to be.

    Angie and the kiddies will be more than happy to have Big Daddy at home through the holidays.

    Universal won’t sue him, they’ll just cast him another movie. That’s the way the game is played, and Brad knows what he is doing after all these years in Hollywood.
    Exactly!! Great post!!

  • [~Famous~]

    My boy Edward Norton put the fear of god into his heart.

    I’m glad he came to his senses, and realized he wasn’t ready.

  • Orchid

    If he doesn’t like the script and make changes then his heart isn’t in it. Brad can afford to say no. I hope the others drop out too!

  • Andrómeda

    Hello beatiful people!!. How are you today?
    Thanks JJ for this new thread.
    I hope Universal won´t put a lawsuit against Brad.

  • question

    36 well….

    I`m sure Brad wouldn`t drop the movie,If he wasn`t sure that they can sue him.BTW He always has script approval,so probably they can`t sue him and they don`t want to say the reason was script because they are looking for another actor.

  • juju

    34 yeah : 11/21/2007 at 5:17 pm

    So tell me, if they fight all the time (and Brad doesn’t want to stay home), why do they do everything together? Why are they always together and go together everywhere?

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    39 [~Famous~]

  • question

    I mean they can`t sue him.oops

  • *

    Thanks JJ for the new thread. To know that the 30 odd pages of hate and spite in the last Angie thread is only the tip of the iceberg of nastiness in this world is just too too depressing for words.

  • saraicita

    Andro: cual es tu nombre en youtube?

  • nicole

    39 [~Famous~]
    fug, don’t get us to start on your tiniest gay dwarf? you are retarded or what.

  • talula

    Why are people comparing Brad with Depp? Brad Pitt used to be really popular but Johnny Depp and Will Smith are the biggest stars right now. I mean, I’d do Brad before Johnny but…

  • Famous doesn’t know they are best buds

    Brad and Ed are doing a HBO project together on Lewis and Clark.