The two-and-a-half-minute trailer offers an extended glimpse of Brad Pitt doing his gritty crime-drama best as Jackie Cogan, a hit man hired by a crime boss (Ray Liotta) to find and kill a pair of overzealous upstarts who attempt to stake their claim by robbing a high-profile card game staged by Liotta’s character, writes MTV.
âYou ever kill anyone?â ,â Pitt says in the first footage from theÂ Andrew Dominik–directed film. âThey cry, they plead for their mothers. I like to kill âem softly.â He pauses, continuing, âfrom a distance.â
The film also features James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn.
Based on the George V. Higgins 1974 crime novel “Cogan’s Trade,” “Killing Them Softly” has been updated to modern times, according to The Huff Post.
“Killing Them SoftlyâÂ arrives in theaters on Oct. 1.
Even before we saw Brad Pitt as hit man Cogan, we knew the role would be a perfect way for the Oscar nominee to show off his effortless cool, which is exactly what he does as he questions the two nervous criminals, upsells the boss/moneyman (Richard Jenkins) and strolls casually through scenes sporting tinted aviator sunglasses, hair slicked back and a general casually cool swagger, all set to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around.
What is more, Gandolfini’s New York Mickey is not Tony Soprano, but he’s close enough to have us excited to watch the Emmy winner throw around some muscle and drink martinis.
The movie earned rave reviews when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.Â Indiewire critic Eric Kohn noted then that the film isÂ “scathingly anti-capitalist entertainment.”
“Killing Them Softly”Â begins with an excerpt fromÂ Barack Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech: “What is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect.”
Brad Pitt later spoke about whether or notÂ “Killing Them Softly”Â should be viewed as critical of the Obama administration.
âI was there that night in Chicago when Obama won,”Â the actor said. “It was an amazing night, people out in the street, connected.” He then added that the use of Obama’s famous speech was not done “as a cynical look back at a statement of failure but as a real expression of hope.â
In other Pitt news, writes CeleBuzz, the actor is also saddling up forÂ Ridley Scottâs new movie “The Counselor.” Sporting long hair and decked out in full cowboy attire, he was recently photographed on the filmâs set in London.
In the “The Counselor”Â â which is based on a screenplay by novelistÂ Cormac McCarthyÂ â Pitt plays a shady drug trafficker called Westray who getsÂ Michael Fassbenderâs character involved in the illegal trade. The flickÂ will also featureÂ Penelope Cruz,Â Javier BardemÂ andÂ Cameron Diaz.