Rosemarie DeWitt has taken the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in the upcoming Kill the Messenger, Deadline reports.
The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who allegedly committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.
Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay, based on the two books the studio optioned: “Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion,” by Webb, and Nick Schou’s “Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.”
DeWitt recently appeared in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Watch and Promised Land.
Michael Cuesta is attached to direct Kill the Messenger with Scott Stuber producing.
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