Certain pairings are simply destined to withstand the test of time, much like the classic combinations of fish and chips, gin and vermouth, and even the unconventional duo of pickles and peanut butter (which, trust me, is surprisingly delightful). However, few partnerships continue to captivate and flourish quite like the on-screen magnetism of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, who are preparing to collaborate once again for an upcoming thriller on Apple TV+.
Having solidified their status as the ultimate bro duo in the renowned Ocean’s 11 franchise and the film Burn After Reading, this dynamic duo is breaking their 15-year hiatus to work together in the film titled “Wolves.” The movie, written and directed by Jon Watts, known for his work on the current Spider-Man series, is being produced by Apple Studios—an impressive addition to their roster of top-tier talent. One can only hope to snag an invitation to their legendary Christmas party.
Let’s delve into what we know about “Wolves.”
What is “Wolves” about, you ask? Well, like any good mystery thriller, the film is keeping its plot details close to its chest, unveiling only a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come. According to the logline on IMDB, the story revolves around two lone wolf fixers who find themselves assigned to the same task. Alright, lads, don’t spoil everything for us! That’s about all that has been revealed thus far, apart from a few on-set photos capturing Clooney and Pitt shooting together in a car on the streets of New York City.
However, what we do know is that “Wolves” will grace the silver screen in addition to being available for streaming. Clooney, who is producing the film alongside his long-time production partner Grant Heslop, revealed that Pitt willingly accepted a reduced salary to ensure the movie would receive a theatrical release as well as a digital premiere.
“It was an exciting time because it got to be one of those weird bidding wars which happen every once in a while,” Clooney shared with Deadline. He further added, “and it ended up being pretty extreme, and Apple came in with a really big number for Brad and me, and we said we’d like to take less as long as we can guarantee that we can have a theatrical release, and they said great. So, I do think that there’s a way that we can all co-exist.”
Brad Pitt and George Clooney filming in NYC tonight. pic.twitter.com/0cJB7si61p
— lipton (@lipton123) January 31, 2023
As for the cast of “Wolves,” the film revolves primarily around the captivating presence of Clooney and Pitt. Both actors are not only starring in the movie but also producing it through their respective production companies—Clooney’s Smokehouse Productions and Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. However, amidst the spotlight shining on the Hollywood super duo, talented actor Austin Abrams, known for his roles in “Euphoria” and “Do Revenge,” has secured a coveted role alongside them. Deadline reports that the “third lead” role became highly sought after among young actors, with Watts and Apple executives extensively meeting with aspiring actors in pursuit of the breakout opportunity. Insiders have revealed that Abrams’ auditions ultimately impressed the director and Apple executives, securing his place in the film.
Additionally, it has been reported that Amy Ryan, best known for her roles in “The Office,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and “Beautiful Boy,” will also join the cast of “Wolves.” Ryan recently appeared in Ari Aster’s provocative film, “Beau is Afraid.”
As for the release date of “Wolves,” no specific information has been announced yet. Principal photography commenced at the beginning of the year, with Pitt and Clooney spotted filming scenes together in January. It is reasonable to speculate that the film may grace our screens in early 2024, at the earliest, offering audiences a thrilling cinematic experience.
So, prepare yourself for the long-awaited reunion of George Clooney and Brad Pitt in “Wolves,” a mystery thriller that promises to captivate audiences and leave them on the edge of their seats. With the stellar cast, intriguing plot, and the duo’s undeniable chemistry, this film is poised to be an enthralling addition to their already remarkable filmographies.