Kill the Messenger tells the story of Gary Webb, the journalist who wouldn’t stop digging into the cocaine trade, even when threatened by drug dealers and the CIA. It’s a story that has as much intrigue as you could want, but will audiences be interested?
If the trailer is any true judge of things, it looks like this one has a lot to offer, and it certainly has a cast that ought to be able to deliver.
It perhaps oversells (but, it’s not a movie without some steamy moments, right?), which makes you wonder exactly how accurate the portrayal is that we’re getting, but Renner looks like he’ll be able to sell the story, and if the government running the drug trade doesn’t pique your interest, what will?
Take a look below, and don’t let this one fly under your radar.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
Director: Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”)
Writers: Peter Landesman, based upon the books Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb, and Kill the Messenger, by Nick Schou