Brad Pitt to star in hostage drama ‘The Mission’?

Updated: Jun 30, 2011, 16:07 PM IST

Washington: Brad Pitt is reportedly being lined up to star in the hostage drama ``The Mission``.

Warner Bros., who has obtained the rights to the film, wants the Hollywood heartthrob to take on the lead role with a script by Peter Landesman, reports Contactmusic.

The film tells the story of the methodical six-year mission planned by American and Colombian covert operatives to free 15 hostages from the Colombian jungle, who included three Americans and Ingrid Betancourt, once a candidate for President of Colombia.

The hostages - who were held by the Colombian guerrilla group FARC from between six and 15 years - were treated appallingly as they were moved around jungles and often chained to trees at night by their necks.

However, the main focus will be on Operation Jaque, a military action that resulted in the freedom of 15 hostages, which took place on July 2 2008.

While Pitt - who is busy shooting ``World War Z`` - is yet to sign up, Warner Bros. is keen to start shooting the movie as soon as possible.