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Poster for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer

01.20.2010

Regardless of how you feel about filmmaker Roman Polanski's personal past, his body of work stands on its own.

His latest film THE GHOST WRITER is doing something Polanski himself will probably never, ever, ever do: make an appearance in the US. Summit is releasing the troubled Oscar-winner's movie on February 19th, and while we recently saw the international trailer, here's a look at the domestic one-sheet for the thriller.

The synopsis: When a successful British ghost writer, THE GHOST, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister ADAM LANG, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.

The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, RUTH, and his personal assistant (and mistress), AMELIA. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?

Resonating with topical themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story of deceit and betrayal on every level— sexual, political and literary. In a world in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems, The Ghost quickly discovers that the past can be deadly—and that history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it.

Extra Tidbit: Would this be cooler if MacGregor turned out to be MW2's Ghost halfway through the movie? Yeah, it would.
Source: JoBlo

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