Brad Pitt Climbs Tree of Life

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Brad Pitt is in talks to star in Tree of Life, a drama Terrence Malick wrote and will direct.

River Road is financing, and Bill Pohlad is producing with Sarah Green (The New World) and Grant Hill.

Pitt, who recently ankled the Universal Pictures drama State of Play, would replace Heath Ledger, who was scheduled to star with Sean Penn in the Malick-directed drama, which begins production in the spring.

Though Penn is booked to play the title character in the Gus Van Sant-directed Harvey Milk, he’s still expected to play a supporting role in Tree of Life.