August 3rd, 2012
10:30 AM ET
Brad Pitt's role in "Killing Them Softly" was a major talker at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and come October the rest of us will finally be able to see what all the fuss was about.
In the meantime, we can check out Pitt's chain-smoking, gun-toting pro enforcer Jackie Cogan in the new trailer.
"Killing Them Softly" once again pairs Pitt with writer/director Andrew Dominik, who wore the same hats with Pitt's 2007 film, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."
In his latest project, Dominik adapts George V. Higgins' novel "Cogan's Trade," submerging viewers in the world of Pitt's Cogan, who's called upon to investigate a robbery during a mob-protected poker game.
But Pitt's really just one piece of the crime movie's puzzle: As film critic Tom Charity noted when he saw "Killing Them Softly" at Cannes, "the movie boasts a vivid gallery of lowlifes and hustlers, including James Gandolfini as a contract killer belly-flopping into a midlife crisis, Ben Mendelsohn as a lippy Australian junkie, and Ray Liotta as an ill-fated gambler."
Charity found the film to be "gripping, serious and atmospheric," and said that "Killing Them Softly" is "a crime movie that drug dealers, bankers and businessmen will understand equally well."
"Killing Them Softly" opens in the U.S. October 19. What do you think of the trailer?
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