Pitt Rules Scorsese’s “Empire”

Michael Pitt (“Funny Games”) is in final negotiations to star opposite Steve Buscemi in HBO’s drama pilot “Boardwalk Empire” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Nelson Johnson’s book which chronicles the 1920s origins of Atlantic City, the story centers on Nucky Johnson (Buscemi), a cunning businessman who runs a liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition.

Pitt play Jimmy Darmody, a young, highly intelligent and ruthless WWI veteran, a low-level flunky for Nucky who wants to quickly climb the ladder.

Martin Scorsese directs the Terrence Winter-penned pilot. Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Winter executive produce.