Good news to report regarding Andrew Dominik’s upcoming film Cogan’s Trade. The film, which already has Brad Pitt and Sam Rockwell attached, has caught the attention of another Oscar nominee. According to Variety, Richard Jenkins has officially joined the cast of the crime drama.
Cogan’s Trade will center on Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob. As you might suspect, Pitt will play Jackie, while Jenkins portrays a lawyer who relays inside information about the card game.
Besides Pitt, Rockwell, and Jenkins, the cast of Cogan’s Trade also includes James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcote. Production is slated to begin later this month in New Orleans.
Cogan’s Trade is based on a novel by George V. Higgins. Here’s the official synopsis for the book below:
Crackling dialogue, mordant humor, and unremitting tension drive the suspenseful stakes of the game higher in Boston’s precarious underworld of small-time mobsters, crooked lawyers, and political gofers as George V. Higgins, the writer who boiled crime fiction harder, tracks Jackie Cogan’s career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mob’s rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade—murder. In the gritty, tough-talking pages of Higgins’s 1974 national best-seller, 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.
What do you think of Jenkins joining the cast of Cogan’s Trade? Is he a good fit?