Jeremy Renner cast in ‘Kill The Messenger,’ about CIA-smeared writer Gary Webb

By Daniel S Levine,

Jeremy Renner is going back to a more character-driven project after starring in several big studio tentpoles. The Oscar-nominated actor is going to star in Kill The Messenger, a film about the tragic story of journalist Gary Webb.

Deadline reports that the project is finally coming together at the Berlin film market after spending years in development hell. Producer Scott Stuber set it up at Universal eight years ago and is still attached to produce. Renner and Don Handfield will co-produce under Renner’s The Combine and Stuber’s Bluegrass banners. Filming could get started as soon as this summer.

Michael Cuesta has been tapped to direct. He recently directed episodes of Homeland and did the pilots for Dexter and Elementary.

According to Cinemablend, Peter Landesman is set to write the script. He is currently working on Parkland, a film about the JFK assassination.

Webb worked for the San Jose Mercury News when he wrote about a CIA operation to arm Nicaraguan Contra rebels who smuggled cocaine into California. The CIA ran a smear campaign against him, which lead to him committing suicide at the age of 48 in 2004.

Renner has most recently starred in the big-budget films The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Among his next projects is an untitled film directed by David O. Russell.

He earned Oscar nominations for his roles in The Hurt Locker and The Town.



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