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Oliver Stone is eying Michael Pitt to play Lt. William Calley, the Army officer who was found guilty of ordering the 1968 My Lai Massacre, in his upcoming Vietnam War drama “Pinkville.”
As an actor, Pitt is no stranger to the political turmoil of 1968; he appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” set against the ’68 student riots in Paris.
Although United Artists, which is producing the film, and the actor’s reps — UTA, Carolyn Anthony and attorney James Adams — have begun discussions, it’s unclear how far the talks have progressed.
In other castings on the film, Toby Jones has been set to play Lt. Andre Feher, the chief warrant officer who tries to convince Army Gen. William Peers (Bruce Willis) that U.S. soldiers were responsible for the atrocities committed at My Lai.
Willis, Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson already are cast in the investigative thriller written by Mikko Alanne. Production is set to begin in December, with MGM distributing. Jones, who next appears in MGM’s Stephen King adaptation “The Mist” and in “Frost/Nixon” for Universal, played Truman Capote in 2006’s “Infamous.”
He is repped by UTA, Sue Latimer at ARG in London and attorney Carlos Goodman.
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