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Jan 8 / elisa

Brad Pitt get Pontius Pilate

Warner Bros. has plans to bring to the screen the life story of Pontius Pilate, the 1st century Roman prefect who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Today,  Deadline  reports that Brad Pitt is eyeing the leading role.

The screenplay, from  Woman on Top  and  Tortilla Soup  screenwriter Vera Blasi, is said to offer a human look at the religious figure and, according to Blasi, is primarily based in historical fact, detailing Pilate’s life up until the fateful order.

Blasi also supplied the screenplay for the upcoming historical drama  Emperor , set to be directed by Peter Webber.

Pitt most recently appeared in  Killing Them Softly  and can soon be seen on the big screen in Marc Forster’s  World War Z