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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Norton 'lands State of Play role'
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton
Pitt and Norton previously co-starred in the 1999 hit Fight Club
Hollywood actor Edward Norton will join his Fight Club co-star Brad Pitt in the film version of hit BBC drama State of Play, industry paper Variety reports.

Norton will play a US congressman whose political ambition is threatened by the suspicious death of his mistress.

Pitt plays a journalist investigating the case, as portrayed by Life on Mars star John Simm in the 2003 TV version.

Based on an original script by Paul Abbott, it will be directed by Last King of Scotland's Kevin Macdonald.

Abbott, best known for hit series Shameless and Clocking Off, will act as an executive producer on the film.

David Morrissey (l) and John Simm
Simm (r) co-starred with David Morrissey in the original TV drama

It has been adapted for the big screen by Matthew Michael Carnahan, who wrote the forthcoming Robert Redford film Lions for Lambs, starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.

Pitt and Norton previously worked together on the 1999 hit film Fight Club, directed by David Fincher.

Norton, 38, has twice been Oscar-nominated - for American History X and Primal Fear. He is currently filming the title role in the latest Incredible Hulk adaptation.

Pitt was recently named best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Filming on State of Play is due to begin in November.

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