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Mirren, McAdams & Wright Penn getting ready to ‘Play’

Now that the men have been cast (Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman), Variety reports that the Universal Pictures project is now setting their casting bars high aiming to bring excellent thesps like Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn on board.  

Directed by Kevin Macdonald who is no stranger these days to political controversy, this is w
ritten by Matthew Carnahan, the Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British miniseries is about two friends, one a member of Parliament and the other a journalist (Pitt). Norton will play a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politico-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper's investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the pol's estranged wife.

McAdams will play the youngest reporter at 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.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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