Brad Pitt has signed on to star in the upcoming crime comedy Cogan’s Trade.

Brad PittCogan’s Trade follows Jackie Cogan (Pitt), a professional enforcer, as he investigates a heist that took place during a mob-protected poker game. Cogan’s Trade is written and will be directed by Andrew Dominik, who also directed Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Dominik is reportedly hoping to recruit some more Assassination cast members, such as Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), for Cogan’s Trade.
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) have also been mentioned as possible costars in the film.

I get excited for a lot of upcoming movies, but Cogan’s Trade is a film that I cannot wait to see. Assassination is one of my favorite movies and one that I feel has been underrated since it came out in 2007.

Dominik, who also wrote Assassination, did a wonderful job of crafting a complicated story into an understandable, arresting viewing experience. He also created an ensemble piece in which every actor received just the right amount of attention—a feat I hope he can replicate in Cogan’s Trade.

Aside from that, the plot of Cogan’s Trade sounds as though the film will make for a fun time at the theater. If Dominik can handle comedy in Cogan’s Trade as well as he did drama in Assassination, then I have no doubt Cogan’s Trade will be great.

But the possible cast of Cogan’s Trade is what attracts me most. While Pitt is fantastic, Rockwell is one of my favorite actors and is great in every movie he is in. The more movies I see him in, the happier I am as a moviegoer and fan.

Frankly, Dominik could reunite the entire Assassination cast in Cogan’s Trade, and I would be thrilled.

Apart from Pitt, Affleck and Rockwell, Paul Schneider (Bright Star,) Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) Garret Dillahunt (TV’s Raising Hope,) Mary-Louise Parker (TV’s Weeds,) Sam Shepard (Brothers) and Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer) shined in Assassination.

It would be great if Dominik could cast at least a few of them in Cogan’s Trade. If Ruffalo and Bardem join in on the fun that is bound to be had in Cogan’s Trade, then the film will be a must-see when it comes out in 2012. It is just too bad we have to wait until then.

Are you as excited for Cogan’s Trade as I am?  Out of Assassination’s huge cast, who do you want to see in Cogan’s Trade? Are you glad Cogan’s Trade is not nearly as long of a title as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!