Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Renner gets to Kill The Messenger

Jeremy Renner would play investigative reporter Gary Webb
Jeremy Renner would play investigative reporter Gary Webb

Jeremy Renner is set to star in thriller Kill The Messenger.

The Oscar-nominated Hurt Locker star is attached to Michael Cuesta's upcoming film, which is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, reported Deadline.

Jeremy, who will also produce, is tipped to take the lead to play the news reporter whose career was destroyed after he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. He was driven to depression and suicide after becoming the target of a smear campaign by the CIA.

Kill The Messenger has been written by Peter Landesman, and is based on two books - Gary's memoir Dark Alliance and Nick Schou's Kill The Messenger.

Production is set to get under way this summer after Jeremy wraps his role in David O Russell's untitled 80s drama.

The 42-year-old, who starred in Avengers Assemble and The Bourne Legacy, will next be seen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with Gemma Arterton.

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