After a brief respite in Zimbabwe or wherever the hell he and significant other Angelina Jolie decided to download their spawn, chiseled thesp Brad Pitt is finally making a hat trick with his Seven (which I still refuse to write as Se7en, because it’s idiotic and people should stop) and Fight Club director David Fincher.

Pitt will star in the ploddingly evolving project The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a fantastical tale of love and loss based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The brief story, elongated to feature length, tells of a 50-year-old man who begins aging backwards, and falls in love at 30 while his years continue reversing. Pitt first approached the project over a year ago, and Cate Blanchett is apparently still attached to play the love interest. Tim Burton, Jim Carrey and Spike Jonze are among the countless other people who’d previously danced with doing the Fitz.

Pitt plans to wipe away the rigors of time once he’s done with Ocean’s 13, an idea that still seems like something from a Hollywood satire, but whatever keeps him away from the awful-sounding comedy Chad Schmidt or a sequel to the wretched Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Fincher is currently tussling with post-production on his Zodiac killer movie, which may now be called Chronicles despite the lack of Diesel or Aslan.