Date: 13th October 2006

Brad to star in State of Play

Brad Pitt is to star in a film version of the BBC drama State of Play.

Pitt will play journalist Cal McCaffrey, portrayed by John Simm in the TV version of the political thriller, writer Paul Abbott told BBC Five Live.

Abbott said he was surprised to speak to Pitt about the film.

He said: "I wasn't actually sure he was still interested. I spoke to him on a Blackberry - I just went: 'Hello', because I wasn't expecting a conversation."

"And it was just somebody else going: Oh, somebody wants to talk to you, they hand me a Blackberry and it's Brad Pitt on the end."

State of Play is about a team of journalists investigating the mysterious death of a political researcher.

Source: Press Release