03/02/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Brad Pitt, as a bandleader everyone wants, in a new (untitled) movie to be directed by Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire"). Variety says Crowe has already cast Anna Paquin, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep in the story about a teenage girl who's given a shot at writing a book about a big-time rock-and-roll band.

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