Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.

The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.

An insider said, “Brad knows it would be seen as shocking to take on a gay role because he’s seen as such a heart-throb. But he has never shied away from taking on controversial films, and he has often chosen to do smaller, more challenging movies”

Ms Warren currently holds the rights to the film but has only been offered small budgets of less than $2 million, she told Reuters, “People in the industry look at gay-themed films as low budget, but the problem with ‘The Front Runner’ is it’s set at the Olympic games,”

She explained a low budget “would reduce the story to one little college track meet and the love scene.”

“As the box office figures (for “Brokeback”) grow, we get more calls,” she added.

Last month the star revealed that he would love to appear in the ultimate gay love story.

An insider told the Sun, “Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he’s done.”

The source added: “He has never shied away from taking on controversial films, and he has often chosen to do smaller, more challenging movies, rather than go for the big box office smash.”