Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) is finally getting another chance to test out his dramatic acting chops. After a series of action roles (“The Avengers” and “The Bourne Legacy” last year) he is now set to star in “Kill the Messenger.”
Collider has learned today that it is based on the true story of a new reporter; Renner will play Gary Webb whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that eventually drove him to depression and suicide.
The film was written by Peter Landesman, and was based off of two non-fiction books: Webb’s “Dark Alliance” and Nick Schou’s “Kill the Messenger.”
Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”) is set to direct, and production will begin this summer.
I’m really excited to see Renner on the screen in a non-action oriented role; I like him better in dramas/thrillers.
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