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"Monsters" Star McNairy Riding Shotgun With Brad Pitt in "Cogan's Trade"

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    Scoot McNairy has landed a starring role in one of the hottest crime movies of 2012 on the strength of a super-low-budget movie he made about aliens in Mexico.

    McNairy, who starred in last year's brilliant "Monsters," will appear opposite Brad Pitt in "Cogan's Trade," reported Deadline. The film will be based on the novel of the same name by George V. Higgins, the same man who penned "The Friends of Eddie Coyle." 

    "Monsters"

    [NATL] "Monsters"
    Five years after much of the country has been infected with alien life-forms that crashed to Earth aboard a NASA satellite, a photo journalist is forced to escort his boss' daughter from the southern half of Mexico north to the U.S.

    "Cogan's Trade" is the story of a mob strongman hired to track down a group of guys who robbed a high-stake poker game. Here's the official synopsis:

    Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.

    "Tree of Life"

    [NATL] "Tree of Life"
    Director Terrence Malick's log-anticipated film about Jack (played in adulthood by Sean Penn), the eldest son of Midwestern parents (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) in the '50s. The film opens May 27.

    The film will reunite Pitt with director Andrew Dominik, with whom he worked on "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." 

    "Cogan's Trade" also sports a fantastic supporting cast, with Javier Bardem, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcoate all in the mix. And there's even unsubstantiated talk that the great Bill Murray may be joining the fray.

    The movie is slated to arrive early in 2012.