This is turning into one serious Oscar-baiting cast.? With Brad Pitt, Ed Norton and Jason Bateman already lined up for State of Play, adapted from a British miniseries, and to be directed by Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland), you’d think you wouldn’t need any more heavy hitters.? But alas, that’s not the case my friend.? The cast has just added a trio of ladies.? Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright-Penn have all signed on.
So just to recap: “The story follows a congressman (Norton) and his former campaign manager-turned journalist (Pitt) who find themselves on opposite sides after the politician’s research assistant and mistress turns up dead.
McAdams will play the youngest reporter at The Washington Globe, who gets caught up in a murder conspiracy. Mirren is the newspaper’s tough editor, and Wright Penn is the congressman’s ex-wife.”?
Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy worked on the script for Working Title Productions and Univeral Studios.
Clearly, these guys are aiming squarely for some attention with a cast like this.? But remember, it’s not always a good thing when it comes to political thrillers.? Just look at the All the Kings Men remake from last year.? That thing was a trainwreck if there ever was one.