Brad Pitt has signed on to star in two new films, the drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., as well as the thriller State of Play for Universal Pictures.

Button re-teams Pitt with his Fight Club director David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, his Babel co-star; Eric Roth is writing the screenplay from a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. According to Variety, Brad will star as a man who hits age 50 and begins aging backward; complications ensue when he falls in love with a woman of 30.

State of Play is based on the British miniseries; Matthew Carnahan is writing the script. Pitt will play a journalist and former campaign manager of a fast-rising politician who unravels a murder conspiracy involving his former boss.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is scheduled to being production in late fall. There's no word on when production will begin on State of Play.