Russell Crowe's State of Play Gets a Sharp New TV Spot
by Alex Billington
March 23, 2009
I'm featuring this new TV spot for State of Play today for a few reasons. First off, I'm actually quite excited to see this, and I want to give it some extra exposure. Secondly, we've only seen the trailer for State of Play so far, so it's good to see something new. And third, I just love the line from this: "Good reporters don't have friends, only sources." It's so true for a couple of colleagues I know. Anyway, give this a shot, as it could actually be pretty good. It's got a solid director, Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland, and a good screenwriter, Tony Gilroy of Michael Clayton, so maybe it's another sleeper hit in waiting?
Watch the new TV spot for State of Play:
Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, a team of investigative reporters lead by Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe) work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.
State of Play is directed by Kevin Macdonald, of the Oscar winning documentary One Day in September as well as Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland. The screenplay was co-written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, Lions for Lambs), Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum, Michael Clayton, upcoming Duplicity), and Billy Ray (Flightplan, Breach). The film is based on Paul Abbott's BBC mini-series of the same title from 2003. Universal will debut State of Play in theaters on April 17th.