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Pitt gives up thriller 'State of Play'

Brad Pitt has left a Universal Pictures thriller set to begin filming this year.

The film, "State of Play," was to star Pitt as a political consultant-turned-journalist who helps investigate the death of a congressman's mistress.

He left the production Wednesday, Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety reported on its Web site.

"Brad Pitt has left the Universal Pictures production of 'State of Play,"' the studio said in a statement. "We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie. We reserve all rights in this matter."

A message left early Friday for Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, was not immediately returned.

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