State of Play is a political thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Peter Morgan, and Billy Ray. The film tells of a journalist’s probe into the suspicious death of a Congressman’s mistress. Russell Crowe plays the journalist and Ben Affleck plays the Congressman. Support comes from Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Rachel McAdams, and Jeff Daniels.
Yeah, I know, Russell Crowe movie, but one thing I’d note: it’s based on the BBC Mini Series of the same name, which is arguably one of the best mini-series to come out of the UK this decade. The trailer does look good, although they’ve cut the 6 hours of the original mini-series into 2 hours for the film, and naturally Americanized it. I’m willing to give it a shot.
State of Play comes out April 2009.