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First Look: Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger

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Jeremy Renner's turn as journalist Gary Webb in KILL THE MESSENGER will take him to a new place. We've been used to the action packed side of the actor, and this film will take him back to the drama genre.

HOMELAND's Michael Cuesta directs Renner in a film about Webb, a former San Jose Mercury News journalist who dug up some allegations in 1996 citing that the C.I.A. played a role in importing cocaine to California with illegal funds going to the Nicaraguan Contra rebel army. When things got heated, Webb's superiors wrote a backtracking editorial that crushed the journalist leaving him in the wake of an enormous backlash.

Our first look at Renner in the role of Webb comes via USA Today. The actor said this on Webb's relentlessness, "Good investigative journalism ruffles feathers. From the reaction he got, Gary was doing something right." Renner serves as executive producer and helped put together a cast which includes Ray Liotta, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, and Richard Schiff.

Director Cuesta said this about the overall film, "I'm not thinking big message or an indictment film. I'm not Oliver Stone. The movie to me was much more about the burden Gary carries wanting to get to the truth. And what that does to you. I am more interested in seeing a man who goes out and fights what seems like an unwinnable war."

KILL THE MESSENGER hits theaters some time in 2014.

Source: USA Today

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9:24PM on 11/06/2013

hrmmm...

all i gotta say is if they dont make it so the corrupt gov't officials being indicted in the iran contra drug-smuggling scandal assassinate gary webb in this film, then its going to be just some more indoctrinating propaganda and will suck... but if they stay true to the truth of what happened, then it could end up being really good.... im hopeful for this one.... i mean they probably will, considering the title....
all i gotta say is if they dont make it so the corrupt gov't officials being indicted in the iran contra drug-smuggling scandal assassinate gary webb in this film, then its going to be just some more indoctrinating propaganda and will suck... but if they stay true to the truth of what happened, then it could end up being really good.... im hopeful for this one.... i mean they probably will, considering the title....
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3:44AM on 11/05/2013
Never realized how similar he can look to Bateman
Never realized how similar he can look to Bateman
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4:30PM on 11/04/2013

Good for him

for branching out from action movies. I hope the movie is worthy of his talents.
for branching out from action movies. I hope the movie is worthy of his talents.
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3:41PM on 11/04/2013
Renner is one of my favorite actors of all time. I've been waiting for him to get back to his dramatic roots and taking a break from all of the action roles he has been doing lately. This and American Hustle are two great steps forward in that direction.
Renner is one of my favorite actors of all time. I've been waiting for him to get back to his dramatic roots and taking a break from all of the action roles he has been doing lately. This and American Hustle are two great steps forward in that direction.
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2:42PM on 11/04/2013
Hah he looks like Jason Bateman in that second pic.
Hah he looks like Jason Bateman in that second pic.
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2:27PM on 11/04/2013

Jeremy with Micheal K?!? I'm there!!

Damn what a cast!! Big fan of Jeremy's even before he hit it big with The Hurt Locker. Glad to see he's not fading away into obscurity.
Damn what a cast!! Big fan of Jeremy's even before he hit it big with The Hurt Locker. Glad to see he's not fading away into obscurity.
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