Pitt has been confirmed for the lead role in "Cogan's Trade," reported Variety. The film will be based on the novel of the same name by George V. Higgins, the same man who penned "The Friends of Eddie Coyle." Pitt's name was first mentioned in connection with the project back in November.
"Cogan's Trade" is the story of a mob strongman hired to track down a group of guys who robbed a high-stake poker game. Here's the official synopsis:
Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.
Directing the film will be Robert Dominik, with whom Pitt worked on "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward," and who also made "Chopper," a movie so good it made Eric Bana famous.
The film is scheduled to start filming in March in Louisiana, with an eye toward a release in 2012 or 2013, depending on which listing on IMDB you believe (we'd guess 2012). In the meantime, you can assuage your Pitt jones with "Tree of Life" on May 27, and "Moneyball" on Sept. 23.