Actor teams to design five-star hotel

Brad Pitt has been bitten by the Dubai real estate bug.

Thesp is part of a team of consultants designing an 800-room, five-star hotel in the emirate, it was announced Monday by U.A.E.-based property developers Zabeel.

L.A.-based architecture firm Graft, which worked with Pitt on developing 150 environmentally friendly homes for families in New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina, is designing the hotel and leisure development.

The Dubai hotel will be an environmentally friendly and socially conscious building. Its costs and construction dates were not revealed by Zabeel execs.

“While acting is my career, architecture is my passion,” said Pitt. “Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision. You can expect something that is not only stunning to look at but will also be an incredible attraction to visit or stay at.”

A slew of U.S. film companies have already announced major real estate plans with U.A.E. property developers. Universal, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount and Marvel are all building theme parks in Dubai.

Pitt and fellow thesp George Clooney had been part of a group that hoped to build a $3 billion resort complex in Las Vegas a few years back, but those plans were shelved in 2006.

Work is already under way on the New Orleans properties, with Pitt and producer Steve Bing both pledging $5 million toward the “Make It Right” project.

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