Brad Pitt Boards Action Flick ‘Bullet Train’ From ‘Atomic Blonde’ Director

With John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Hobbs & Shaw, and Deadpool 2 on his resume, David Leitch has quickly established himself as one of the top action directors around, and any new film worth getting excited about. Recently we learned of a new one, Bullet Train, about a bunch of assassins on a, you guessed it, speeding train. While that sounds like a lot of fun already, it gets even better when you toss Brad Pitt into the mix.

Deadline reports that Brad Pitt will star in Bullet Train, with filming set to begin later this year. There aren’t any new details about the story, but considering it’s based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by author Kotaro Isak, there may be some clues to be found. Here is the book’s synopsis:

Five assassins find themselves on a fast moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. They discover their missions are not unrelated to each other. The question becomes who will make it off the train alive and what awaits them at the terminal station?

Leitch will be overseeing a rewrite of Zak Olkewicz’s script. This is the perfect moment for Leitch to work with Pitt, who is coming off his first acting Oscars victory for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Last year, he also starred in the vastly underrated Ad Astra and received some of the best notices of his career.

With Pitt on board, it stands to reason the other four assassins will be equally big names. Hopefully we hear more soon.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.