First Trailer for KILL THE MESSENGER

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Following the first poster for the upcoming crime drama Kill the Messenger (below), Focus Features have released the first official trailer for the film, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland).

You may not recognize him bearded, but American Hustle star is doling out another tale of government gone bad, this time alongside Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Andy Garcia.

This is the real-life, but complicated story of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.

Based upon the books “Dark Alliance” by Gary Webb, and “Kill the Messenger” by Nick Schou, with a screenplay written by Peter Landesman (Parkland) it sounds like a good conspiracy thriller in the vein of All the President’s Men.

Director Cuesta explained last year:

“I’m not thinking big message or an indictment film. I’m not Oliver Stone. The movie to me was much more about the burden Gary carries wanting to get to the truth. And what that does to you. I am more interested in seeing a man who goes out and fights what seems like an unwinnable war.”

Check out the trailer for Kill the Messenger, which hits theaters October 10th.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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