Brad Pitt leaves Lost City of Z

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Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in this 2011 drama which depicts life through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy during the 1950s. Jack (Penn) is one of three brothers in a family where the mother and father each contend for allegiance. As a child, he sees the world as his mother does- through the eyes of his soul. To Jack, his mother represents the way of love and mercy, whereas their father tries to teach them the world’s way of putting oneself first. His view of the world is abruptly changed, however, when he first witnesses sickness, suffering and death.
November 4th, 2010

Brad Pitt has pulled out of starring in 'The Lost City of Z'.

The 46-year-old star will no longer play explorer and spy Percy Fawcett in the adaptation of David Grann's book and will instead appear in 'Cogan's Trade', Vulture blog reports.

The book told the tale of Fawcett, who led an expedition in 1925 to find the lost city of El Dorado, never to return again.

'Cogan's Trade' will see Pitt reunite with Andrew Dominick - whom he worked with on 'The Assassination of Jess James by the Coward Robert Ford' - and leaves James Gray, who was due to direct 'The Lost City of Z' without a leading actor.

Pitt - who is in a long-term relationship with actress Angelina Jolie - has a number of projects coming up, following the end of promotion for animated comedy 'Megamind'.

Next year sees 'The Tree of Life' with Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain hit cinemas, before work begins on 'World War Z', a movie telling the tale of the world ten years after a zombie epidemic, which is due for release in 2012.