His most recent appearance is in the film Ghost in the Shell (2017).Although not his first film role, Pitt's performance as Tommy Gnosis led to a series of supporting roles in many acclaimed and often controversial films, including Larry Clark's Bully, Murder by Numbers, and Funny Games, Michael Haneke's remake of the 1997 film of the same name.On the set of Last Days, he met Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who had been hired by Van Sant to serve as the film's music consultant.The pair formed a close bond, with Moore writing, "[Gus] wanted me to hang out with Michael and talk about his character, and let him be in character. My daughter Coco still relates to Michael as Blake from 'Last Days'".We thought it was awesome and well worth trying." Pitt has also directed a number of music videos for Pagoda. In 2012, he was named the face of Italian fashion house Prada and modeled their menswear line.
If I cared what people think about my career, I would have not done—just look at my work. Every movie that I've picked, from my first film on, has been considered by everyone to be "career suicide." And I have an amazing life. He performed all of the songs, which closely resembled Cobain's guitar and singing styles.
He appeared in the show's first two seasons and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics's Choice Award for his performance.
In 2014, he was cast in the recurring role of Mason Verger in the NBC series Hannibal In January 2015, Pitt made his official directorial debut with a campaign film for fashion label rag & bone's Spring 2015 collection.
In 2017, Pitt starred in the science fiction action film Ghost in the Shell as the villanous hacker, Kuze, the Laughing Man.
During his theater debut, a casting agent whom Pitt had mistaken for a police officer attempting to arrest him noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek. In 2010, Pitt was cast as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (about the rise of Atlantic City during the Prohibition era), as the protégé of Delirious co-star Steve Buscemi.