Ray Liotta is doing legitimate film work again. The Goodfellas star has been cast in Andrew Dominik’s upcoming feature Cogan’s Trade. The drama is headlined by Brad Pitt and several other actors who are more than a little familiar with the director. We’re talking about Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell (who’ve both been confirmed).
THR reports that Liotta will join Pitt, Affleck, Rockwell, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, and Vincent Curatola. There’s been no word on who will play what role, but we’re pretty sure all their characters will be shady. Cogan’s Trade is based on a novel by George V. Higgins, which was published in 1974.
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 Liotta joining the cast?