Brad Pitt is returning to the big screen, but this time as a producer for the upcoming exposé film on the disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.
The film is based on the book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement written by New York Times investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan will star as the reporters who helped to expose Harvey's history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women.
The actor's production company Plan B and Annapurna Pictures have obtained rights to the story and will aim to tell the "story behind the women who led the investigation itself and will not be about or centered around ‘the man’ or the men behind the abuse. It is about how this team of reporters tracked, chased, and broke this story,” a spokesperson for Annapurna Pictures told Mercury News.
Harvey has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, but Brad has personal history with the filmmaker's unwanted advances on women.
Back in 1996, Brad was dating a young Gwenyth Paltrow who met with Harvey to discuss the film Emma. The actress was 22-years-old at the time and after the meeting, she told Brad that the filmmaker had sexually harassed her. This caused the actor to confront Harvey about the accused actions. According to a source for PEOPLE, "Brad threatened Harvey. He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.'”
Brad's ex-wife, Angelina Jolie also allegedly accused Harvey of sexual misconduct, according to a 2017 New York Times article. Are these personal ties part of Brad's motivation for getting involved in the project? We will only know when we see the film.
Did Brad Pitt ever work with Harvey Weinstein?
Although they have a rough history, Pitt and Weinstein have worked together. Weinstein was the executive producer of the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglorious Basterds and 2012's Killing Them Softly. Pitt had acting roles in both films.
When does the movie come out?
We can hardly wait to see how Brad tackles this movie and after seeing Carey's stirring performance in Promising Young Woman, we can only hope it'll be just as good. As of now though, She Said is in its early production stages and no release date has been announced yet. We can probably expect more updates to come once the movie begins filming.
Who are Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor?
Back in 2107, Megan and Jodie made headlines when they wrote an investigative article for the New York Times that uncovered and exposed Harvey for his abuse towards women in the entertainment industry. Their exposé landed them both a Pulitzer Prize for their in-depth reporting and later on, they released a bestselling book titled She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, which detailed their journey of uncovering the story that helped start the #MeToo movement.
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