EXCLUSIVE: Sam Rockwell has signed on to join Brad Pitt in the Andrew Dominik-directed comic crime saga Cogan’s Trade. Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob. The picture is an ensemble and Rockwell’s role isn’t set but I understand he’s committed. Rockwell last worked with Pitt and Dominik in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Their Jesse James co-star Casey Affleck has been also rumored as a possible participant.
Dominik adapted the Georg V. Higgins novel. The film’s being financed by Inferno Entertainment, which will handle international sales. Plan B’s Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing with Chockstone’s Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz. Inferno’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will be exec producers with Marc Butan, and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. CAA is packaging it.
Rockwell is in the Oscar hunt for his role of the wrongly imprisoned man Kenny Waters alongside Hilary Swank in Conviction, and he recently wrapped the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys and Aliens opposite Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, and the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter. He’s repped by Gersh.