First Look: Ridley Scott's Body of Lies
by Alex Billington
December 10, 2007
You probably won't hear about this again until a few months before it arrives in theaters sometime next year. Body of Lies is Ridley Scott's (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster) next movie, based off of a novel of the same name by David Ignatius and with a screenplay written by William Monahan, who won the Oscar last year for The Departed's script. Body of Lies stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and Carice van Houten. The film is about a former journalist injured in the Iraq war that is hired by the CIA to track down an Al Qaeda leader in Jordan.
Warner Brothers has released this first look photo of Leonardo DiCaprio as CIA agent Roger Ferris.
From Amazon.com: Subtly framing a highly elaborate plot, Ignatius tells the story of idealistic CIA agent Roger Ferris, newly stationed in Jordan after being wounded in Iraq. After a failed initiative to flush out a terrorist mastermind known as Suleiman, Ferris, who's dedicated to forestalling further al-Qaeda attacks, develops an intricate scheme modeled after a British plan used successfully against the Nazis. Ferris's plot to turn the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans puts his personal life in turmoil and threatens his professional relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Russell Crowe also stars as Ed Hoffman, Ferris' manipulative boss.
I've got a feeling this isn't going to be nearly as big of a hit as American Gangster from this year. Although Ridley Scott is a great director and despite a flew blips in his record, usually delivers, I think America is tired of movies having anything to do with the Middle East. Look at Rendition, that was a great film, but it performed horribly at the box office, and that's one of many recent movies related to the Middle East that are performing poorly. Either way, I'm keeping an eye on this and will be looking forward to the first trailer. Body of Lies doesn't have a release date set, but will arrive sometime in late 2008.