Previously titled Cogan’s Trade, Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly is debuting at Cannes later this month, and after getting a great new set of images earlier this year, the first clip has made its way online.

Playing in competition at the festival, Killing Them Softly sees Dominik return behind the camera for the first time since 2007’s Oscar-nominated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Dominik is directing from his own script, adapted from the original novel, Cogan’s Trade, by George V. Higgins, and he’s assembled a fine cast for the task, led by Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, and Slaine.

“When their poker game is knocked off by petty thieves, the Mob calls in their best enforcer, Jackie Cogan, to make things right. Under the eye of a mysterious driver, Jackie must track down and punish those responsible for the heist. His assignment is complicated by those he comes up against along the way – an aging, drunken hit man, some bumbling local gangsters, and the ladies’ man who ran the ill-fated game.”

Killing Them Softly has already been picked up for distribution, and will be released on 21st September in the UK and US. The Weinstein Company are distributing it in the US, and depending on its reception at the festival in the next few weeks, this could well be our first look at one of the year’s Oscar contenders. Here’s the first clip of Liotta getting a stern talking to by Shepard and Slaine. Enjoy.

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Source: Cannes Film Festival, via The Playlist.