Jeremy Renner's career is on fire this year. Since coming off the media haze of American Hustle (which finally ended its run at the Oscars in March), the actor has jumped from one project to another--just this month starring with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in The Immigrant and later this year he headlines KILL THE MESSENGER. The latter film, slated to be in theaters October 10th, sees Renner as real-life investigative reporter Gary Webb, whose dangerous pursuit of a cocaine smuggling story ultimately threatens his career, family and life. (The real Webb died in 2004; it was judged a suicide). More:
Certainly an interesting story that deserves to be told on film, but the trailer (below) isn't particularly compelling--more like a derivative drug drama than a riveting real-life story. Although, the rest of the cast--which includes Andy Garcia, Oliver Platt, Paz Vega (whose performance in Spanglish I still think deserved far more attention than it received), Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael K. Williams, Rosemarie DeWitt and Barry Pepper--is at least worth the price of admission. And I'm sure better clips will be forthcoming as we get closer to the release date.
Director Michael Cuesta, mostly known for his TV work such as Six Feet Under, Dexter and Homeland, is behind the project, which is an interesting choice. Screenwriter Peter Landesman adapted the story based on Webb's own book, "Dark Alliance," and "Kill the Messenger" by Nick Schou.
Watch the trailer:
KILL THE MESSENGER is in theaters October 10th.