John Malkovich is in talks to star opposite George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand in the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading for Focus Features and Working Title Films, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The dark screwball comedy centers on Ozzie Cox (Malkovich), a former CIA agent who loses the disc of the memoir he is writing. McDormand will play Cox’s philandering wife. Clooney is set to play an assassin.
The trade says that because the screenplay is being kept under wraps, it is unclear what Pitt’s character will be.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in August.
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the screenplay, and the former will direct the contemporary-set project.