(MOVIES.YAHOO) — Brad Pitt is thought to be circling the title role in Warner Bros.’ “Pontius Pilate” — the story of the man who is said to have convicted Jesus Christ and authorized his crucifixion.

The 49-year-old actor is not yet confirmed in the role, but a deal could move quickly, according to a Deadline report. Yahoo! Movies reached out to Warner Bros. to confirm, but sources there had no comment and indicated the story is a rumor (though they did not deny it full stop).

Pontius Pilate is one of the most vilified figures in the Bible, but his villain status isn’t a black and white issue — likely a factor attracting Pitt to the role. “Troy” this is not, this would mark the first time Pitt would play a seemingly sinister lead character in a major studio period film.

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