Pitt Joins Pickford Biopic "The First"

By Garth Franklin Friday August 31st 2012 10:54AM

Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") has signed up to star in the Mary Pickford biopic "The First" says The Press Association.

Mary was one of the early Canadian pioneers in Hollywood and went on to found the United Artists studio with other stars including Charlie Chaplin. Pitt will play Owen Moore, the first husband of Mary (Ryan Simpkins).

Mary and Owen had a troubled marriage, blighted by Owen's alcoholism and insecurity about living in her shadow. Shooting kicks off next year.