Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jessica Biel, Richard Schiff and more set for Shock And Awe

Director Rob Reiner (The Bucket List) is planning to reunite with Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), who recently starred for him in political drama LBJ. As Reiner builds the cast around him, news arrives via Deadline that he is now making deals with Jessica Biel (The Illusionist), Richard Schiff (Man Of Steel), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Alec Baldwin (The Departed), James Marsden (X-Men), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) and newcomer Luke Tennie.

Reiner has rounded up funding for this one, which will focus on a group of journalists who dug into the claims made by the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which were partly used as justification for the invasion of Iraq. With the Chilcott Report that showed glaring intelligence failures now out in public, it has taken on new meaning.

Thanks to Deadline's report, we now know what a few of the cast will be doing – Biel and Marsden will be a couple, while Schiff is making a deal to play a man named 'The Usual', who serves as a deep background source for journalists on the intelligence trail. Tennie, making his film debut, will appear as a paralysed combat veteran who testifies during the US Senate hearings on the circumstances of the war.

Joey Hartstone, who also wrote LBJ, is once again on script duty here. Reiner should have the cameras rolling later this month.

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