Rumor has it (according to Deadline, via Cinema Blend) that Brad Pitt—in addition to already having starring vehicles World War Z, Twelve Years a Slave, and The Counselor all set to be released in 2013—is currently mulling the possibility of starring in Pontius Pilate as the title character.  The Warner Bros.-produced film would tell the Biblical story of Pilate, otherwise known as the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion.

Heavy stuff, no?  Pitt has yet to make an official decision, but the scuttlebutt is that Pitt is planning to officially sign on soon.

The film is structured as a “Biblical era Twilight Zone episode” (figure that one out on your own) “reminiscent of such films as Braveheart and Gladiator,” except in those films the hero didn’t order the death of a popular religious leader.  The film will follow Lucius Pontius Pilate as he grows to “become a strong warrior” under the leadership of Emperor Tiberius, and later becomes a prefect of Judea, bumping into historical and Biblical figures like John the Baptists, Caligula and Mary Magdalene as he does so.  Oh, and, you know, Jesus.

On that score, it’s noted that the film aims to be a little less judgmental than something like The Passion of the Christ, as it will “explain the motivations of religious leaders like the Jewish high priest Calaphas (who engineers Christ’s demise).”

For those who aren’t religious and won’t take a side in those matters above, the film sounds as if it could be a rather interesting period epic.  Let’s just hope it’s a little better than Pitt’s last big period epic, Troy.

What do you think of the news?