Brad Pitt's relationship with acclaimed architect and MIT professor Neri Oxman seems to date back to over six months, as the perennial A-lister was snapped visiting the media lab where she works in a November 28 post on Instagram.
The 54-year-old actor - an architecture and design aficionado - struck up a friendship with the 42-year-old Israeli-American through an MIT architecture project.
The War Machine star was snapped posing with six women when he visited Oxman at the educational institution, in a shot student Kathy Camenzind uploaded to her Instagram post with the caption: "Ocean's six? #whatjusthappened #bradpitt #medialab." (Oxman, however, was not featured in the social media snap.)
In the shot, the Seven star wore an all-black ensemble of a hooded sweatshirt with pants and shoes, sporting a bit of stubble.
He posed alongside Oxman in a shot that was subsequently removed from social media, according to People.
A colleague of Oxman described the academic architect as 'genius and gorgeous' to the magazine.
Pitt was referred to Oxman to collaborate on an architectural project he was working on, Page Six reported last week.
"Brad and Neri instantly hit it off because they share the same passion for architecture, design and art," a source told the outlet. "This is best described as a professional friendship."
The source added that the friendship hasn't blossomed into a romance just yet - but there is potential.
"Their friendship has not turned into romance … as both are cautious and this is, again, more of a professional friendship, but Brad is very interested in spending more time with Neri, she is fascinating," the source said.
Oxman is a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter group. She was previously married to Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov.
The beautiful brunette is also an artist with her works featured in collections at MoMA, Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou, Vienna's Museum of Applied Arts and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science.
Meanwhile Pitt heads up the Make It Right Foundation, which builds affordable, solar-powered homes and communities for people in need. The Troy star has been working with architects from all over the world to build homes in New Orleans - which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina - as well as neighbourhoods in need in New Jersey and Kansas City, Missouri.
It comes as it was revealed that the Fight Club actor is expected to finalise his divorce from Angelina Jolie within weeks.
A new report, published last weekend, hints that proceedings are imminent, following news that both have moved on with new love interests.
"The terms of the divorce are now agreed," a source informed The Sun on Sunday.
"They are being finalised by both legal teams, but will be filed within weeks.
"It's a huge turnaround from where the marriage ended, especially given the claims Angelina made against Brad, but they are now on pretty good terms.
"Both decided it was crucial for the children that they had a respectful relationship."
Brad and Angelina are parents to Maddox, 16, Zahara, 13, Pax, 14, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Angelina, 42, is rumoured to be dating a "handsome and older looking" real estate agent.
The stars split in September 2016 after two years of marriage and a nine-year romance prior to that.