If you thought the George Clooney/ Brad Pitt bromance was only reserved for “Ocean’s Eleven”” movies, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards , well, think again. Pitt has just signed on to join his longtime pal for the West Coast production of “8,” a play based on the landmark Proposition 8 trial in California.
According to E! News, Pitt will play Prop 8 opposer U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, and Clooney will play David Boies, an attorney who sought to overturn the highly publicized ban.
Written by Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the play has a star-studded cast that includes Martin Sheen, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Campbell Brown, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Rory O’Malley, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Vanessa Garcia, Jansen Panetierre, James Pickens Jr. and Bridger Zadina, according to CNN.
“8″ follows the legal process behind the overturning of Proposition 8, the California law that outlawed gay marriage. The play already ran on Broadway last September and will go on tour through 2012, with different actors taking on roles along the way. The one-show-only Clooney-Pitt production takes place on March 3 and will be streamed live on YouTube, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact. Rob Reiner is directing.
Clooney recently made headlines when he addressed long-standing gay rumors about himself in The Advocate. “My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh–.”
As for his friendship with Pitt, Clooney said, “People think Brad and I hang out all the time, but the truth is that we see each other very rarely, maybe a couple times a year. I do think we’ve set the bar very high [for other actor duos] … I’m very proud to call him my friend.”