Brad Pitt Turned Down ‘The Killer’ for a Personal Reason Despite Professing His Love for David Fincher in Public

Before Michael Fassbender excelled in the role, Brad Pitt was David Fincher's original choice to lead the adaptation

brad pitt turned down ‘the killer’ for a personal reason despite professing his love for david fincher in public


  • Brad Pitt was initially seen as the favorite to lead David FIncher's The Killer.
  • The story of the jaded assassin was too nihilistic for the Bullet Train Star.
  • Despite not joining forces for over 15 years, Pitt holds utmost respect for Fincher.
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Since making it to the big leagues, David Fincher has cast Brad Pitt in three of his acclaimed films, which involves Seven, Fight Club, and their last outing together, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And for Fincher’s latest thriller The Killer, based on the French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, the Oscar-winner was initially seen as the favorite to take the lead part in the film.

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But it didn’t pan out, leading the director to bring Michael Fassbender on board to play the titular character, and Fincher recently went on to reveal the reason why Pitt dropped his offer.


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David Fincher's The Killer
David Fincher’s The Killer

Brad Pitt Found the Story Too Nihilistic

David Fincher originally pitched the idea to adapt Alexis Nolent’s work to Brad Pitt back in 2008, which witnessed their last outing together, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. However, the Inglourious Basterds Star found the story of the jaded assassin too nihilistic, leading to the actor turning down the offer, which resulted in Fincher’s The Killer coming to a standstill. But over a decade later, the director would eventually find the right man for the job in Michael Fassbender, who didn’t take long to accept the Gone Girl director’s offer. Fincher told Rolling Stone:


“I’d originally been thinking of Brad [Pitt] back in 2008. But his response had been, “Eh, a little too nihilistic for me… Then a dozen or so years later, when Andy and I were in the middle of hashing it out, I thought of Michael Fassbender. [I sent him the script with a note saying] ‘I’d love to send this to you to read, I don’t know what your life is like now, I know you’re racing…’ And a few hours later, he called back and told me he was in.”

On the flip side, Brad Pitt, who dropped the shot to lead the critical hit, did go on to take the role of an assassin in the box-office hit Bullet Train, which couldn’t be more different than The Killer tonally.

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Brad Pitt | Bullet Train
Brad Pitt | Bullet Train

Brad Pitt Recently Showered David Fincher With Adulation

While it has been over 15 years since the two last collaborated on a film, this hasn’t impacted their offscreen bond, as the two remain close friends and the Seven Star has nothing but admiration for Fincher. Speaking at the LACMA Art+Film Gala (The Hollywood Reporter), Pitt showered the director with laudation for his commitment to the craft, which helped everyone elevate their game.

“Working with him, you will know what excellence feels like. His films — they’ve always challenged our sense of safety. As he says, ‘If we’re not out there juggling chainsaws, we’re doing ourselves a disservice.’”

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Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman
David FIncher’s Seven

Although witnessing Brad Pitt leading The Killer would’ve been enticing, Michael Fassbender didn’t drop the ball and delivered an impeccable performance in the jaded role.

The Killer is available to stream on Netflix.







Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.