Brad Pitt in Talks to Star in World War II Tank Movie 'Fury'

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"End of Watch" filmmaker David Ayer wrote the script and is directing.

Brad Pitt is in negotiations to star in Fury, the World War II tank movie from End of Watch director David Ayer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

QED is financing and producing along with Le Grisbi Productions.

Fury is Ayer’s follow-up film after Ten, his Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie that is to open in September.

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Fury is set in the waning days of World War II’s European theater and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank named Fury that runs across a desperate German division.

Bill Block, John Lesher and Ethan Smith are producing.

When QED picked up the project as a spec script from Ayer in February, the company and Ayer said the intent was to make a war movie for modern audiences that explored battlefield heroics in an honest way.

If a deal closes with Pitt, who will anchor the project, it will pave the way for Ayer to nab other high-caliber actors for the ensemble. The process is similar to how Pitt anchored another World War II project, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.