Jeremy Renner to 'Kill the Messenger' in CIA Scheme to Target Reporter

February 1, 2013

Jeremy Renner

The Berlin Film Market kicks off next week, so there will be a slew of projects that we don't really need to cover as we'll likely never hear about them again. But a new project headed to Berlin called Kill the Messenger sounds particularly interesting. Deadline reports Jeremy Renner is slated to star in the film that chronicles the CIA's efforts to craft a smear campaign to ruin the reputation of journalist Gary Webb after he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. I guess you could say the CIA won since the San Jose Mercury News journalist committed suicide. Read on!

Deadline makes a fine point by saying, "If the CIA mostly wears a white hat in Zero Dark Thirty for its dogged efforts to track and kill Osama bin Laden, the agency wears a decidedly black lid here." And who better to bring this CIA story to life than "Homeland" producer and director Michael Cuesta with a script from Peter Landesman, who wrote the script from Webb's book Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, And The Crack Cocaine Explosion  and Nick Schou’s Kill The Messenger: How The CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb. This is definitely an intriguing tale of the dark side of the CIA's operations when they're made to look foolish and incompetent, but it's also very tragic and worrisome. Production is supposed to begin this summer, so hopefully we'll have more updates on this project soon.

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  • That sounds amazing. I love the CIA.
    • lewinston
      Yes... I also love... the CIA. *looks around nervously*
  • IamSlave
    Awesome, Love Renner also but wasn't he going to take time off from acting?
  • Renner is a hypocrite. Loads of guns in his movies, then participates in "Demand" video. Make up your mind.
  • Cody W
    Lol Renners nose is huge...anyway hes a solid actor, I look forward to anything hes in. I just really hope in the coming marvel flicks they focus more on Hawkeye as the badass he was in the comics and dont turn him into some tool like the avengers.
  • castingcouch
    I think Renner is a better supporting actor than a lead.
  • quazimoto
    Wish Renner would stop 'killing' his career. He's working on his best impression of Sam Worthington and he's nailing it!
  • I keep seeing this Renner dude in trailers and posters but I still don't know who he really is.
    • Cody W
      Seriously? Brandt from MI4, Hawkeye from the avengers, Cross from the new Bourne, kinda brokeout with the hurt locker but I first saw him in SWAT




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