NEW YORK — Brad Pitt will star in a romantic thriller to be directed by Robert Zemeckis for Paramount Pictures.

The studio announced the untitled film on Friday. The screenplay is by Steven Knight, who wrote “Eastern Promises.”

Zemeckis directed “Forrest Gump,” the “Back to the Future” films and “Cast Away.” After a series of animated movies last decade, he made 2012’s “Flight” with Denzel Washington and is in post-production on “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit.

Pitt recently finished shooting “By the Sea” with his wife, Angelina Jolie, who also directed.