Macdonald Directing Pitt in State of Play

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Universal Pictures has set The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald to direct State of Play, the Americanized version of the acclaimed British miniseries that will star Brad Pitt.

Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the film is scheduled to shoot in November.

In the story, a congressman’s mistress is killed, and a team of investigative reporters secretly work with a police detective to solve the murder. Pitt will play a reporter who was once close to the congressman but now heads an investigation that leads to the highest levels of government and industry.

Andrew Hauptman will produce, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have joined as producers as well. Paul Abbott, who wrote the original miniseries, will be executive producer.