Kill The Messenger recently finished shooting and now we’ve got our first look at Jeremy Renner in the movie, via USA Today, with the actor stepping aside from the action hero roles we’ve seen him in recently.
The movie is based on the true story of Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who helped expose the CIA’s involvement in a drug smuggling operation with Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s. In an effort to discredit the writer, the agency launched a smear campaign before the journalist tragically his own life.
Director Michael Cuesta commented, “Gary just starts digging and keeps digging like a Doberman to find the truth. But he never expected the story to have the response it did. He was controversial-ized.”
Jeremy Renner adds, “Good investigative journalism ruffles feathers. From the reaction he got, Gary was doing something right. It’s a man left out in the wind on his own. The letter was the ultimate betrayal for Gary, I believe. The mothership bailed and that crushed him.”
The movie will be out next year.