Brad Pitt To Play A Mob Enforcer In Andrew Dominik's Heist Comedy 'Cogan's Trade'

Brad PittBrad Pitt is getting hitched to the mob -- and his "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" director Andrew Dominik -- for a new heist comedy titled "Cogan's Trade."

Pitt has pulled off quite a few capers in his cinematic day as a member of George Clooney's "Ocean's Eleven," "Twelve" and "Thirteen" crews, but this time he'll find himself on the other side of the coin. Based on the novel by George V. Higgins, "Cogan's Trade" casts Pitt as a professional enforcer for the mafia who's investigating a heist during a mob-run high-stakes poker game.

Sounds serious, but The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a "comedic crime story"... which is right in Pitt's wheelhouse. The actor is always at his best when he's mixing laughs with physicality, as he has in "Fight Club," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Inglorious Basterds."

Adding to our delight, the project -- which is being unveiled at the American Film Market -- could reunite star Pitt and director Dominik with their "The Assassination of Jesse James" cohorts, Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell. And, as another added bonus, Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem are also said to be up for roles.

We hadn't heard much about this flick before this morning, but suddenly we can't wait to see it.

Do you share our enthusiasm for "Cogan's Trade"? And do you think this'll be a good role for Pitt? Tell us in the comments!