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First Images From True-Life Dramatic Thriller 'Kill The Messenger' Starring Jeremy Renner

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 4, 2013 11:19 AM
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As "The Fifth Estate" sadly proved last month, journalism movies aren't the easiest sell at the multiplex, even when involving a current hot button issue and headline-grabbing figure at the center of the drama. But a good story can't be ignored and Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta ("Homeland," "Dexter" and "Twelve And Holding" also featuring Renner) have latched onto one in "Kill The Messenger." And even though the movie isn't due until sometime in 2014, the pair are getting out in front and starting to talk about the movie.

Penned by Peter Landesman ("Parkland"), based on the books "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion" by Gary Webb and Nick Schou’s "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb" and featuring an all star-cast—Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winsteadthe film will tell the true story of the reporter who detailed the C.I.A.'s connection to the crack cocaine trade, only to be smeared as a result, losing his job, falling into depression, and eventually leading to his suicide. Basically, Webb's work got attention, but it also ruined his life.

"Good investigative journalism ruffles feathers," Renner told USA Today who have debuted the first images from the movie. "From the reaction he got, Gary was doing something right." But getting turned on by those close to him was the deepest cut for Webb.

"It's a man left out in the wind on his own," the actor continues. "The letter was the ultimate betrayal for Gary, I believe. The mothership bailed and that crushed him."

It's intriguing stuff, and we'll see the results via Focus Features in 2014.


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4 Comments

  • medina | November 4, 2013 9:59 PMReply

    An American film that actually has balls and will challenge us. Kudos to Renner for starring in it.

    Many people to this day presume the CIA's involvement and complicity with the epidemic of crack cocaine in the nation's ghettos is only a conspiracy theory.

    Not enough Americans are aware or fully grasp how the CIA and FBI use extreme prejudice to smear and spy on journalists and whistleblowers. Webb is of the same cloth as Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, Aaron Schwartz, Barnaby Jack, Cody Wilson and William Binney. Unfortunately, the Internet and Dark Net weren't around in his prime and the US government gobbled him up.

    Hopefully this is the movie that Zero Dark Thirty and The Fifth Estate should have been.

  • elenat | November 4, 2013 4:30 PMReply

    I am sorry, but this is a lie. “The 5th estate” proved itself as an attempt to slander heroes of investigative journalism, and this is the reason it haven’t become popular. Our naivety has its limit, dear govs. So, thanx a lot for bigger stills, that’s all.

  • No | November 4, 2013 12:00 PMReply

    I remember this story and how this guy got was falsely accused of thing that he did not write in order to distract from what he had really documented -- that the CIA knew that a Nicaraguan client of theirs was exporting to the US but turned a blind eye. Later, Sen. John Kerry's task force had actually documented what this reporter had found. Most scandalously was how his own newspaper abandoned him.

  • Liam | November 4, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    Cuesta , Renner and an incredible cast! Can't wait !

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