Fair Game (Valerie Plame scandal)

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Source: MTV
February 13, 2008

Jumper director Doug Liman has revealed to MTV that he will direct a feature on the lives of Valerie Plame and Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the married couple drawn into a D.C. firestorm, at Warner Bros. Pictures.

He said that Nicole Kidman will play Plame, whose status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

"I have a really, really insane take on how to tell it. It's so outrageous," Liman said. "Ultimately, I'd be doing something no one has ever done before. Therefore it's automatically appealing to me. I'm just starting to explore whether [what I have in mind] is even possible to do."

The film is a co-production between Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Productions.

Director wants Maximus for his Valerie Plame film.

US, June 4, 2008 - Although Baz Luhrmann was unable to get the two old friends from Down Under to star together in his epic Australia, director Doug Liman hopes to cast Russell Crowe opposite Nicole Kidman in his new political thriller, Fair Game.

Liman informed MTV MoviesBlog that Liman wants Crowe to play former ambassador Joe Wilson, the husband of outed spy Valerie Plame (to be portrayed by Kidman). Plame was an undercover CIA agent for years until her cover was blown by political opponents within the Bush II administration. Michael Douglas was previously linked with the role of Wilson.

Liman said, "If you've met Joe, he's a really strong guy. I've never met an actor stronger than Russell Crowe. ... I met with [Russell] for Bourne Identity and I was terrified. The whole time I was in the room with him I was just scared of him. This is a scary dude! And Joe is kind of like that."

Can you imagine that? Russell Crowe as Jason Bourne. Or perhaps he was up for the supporting role ultimately played by Clive Owen?

Sean Penn in talks for 'Fair Game'
Naomi Watts set for Doug Liman film

"Fair Game," the drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, has come together with Naomi Watts starring, "Mrs. and Mrs. Smith" helmer Doug Liman directing and William Pohlad's River Road financing.

But the big question is whether Oscar-winning "Milk" star Sean Penn will close a deal to play Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Penn is negotiating, but no deal has closed.Pohlad has a strong relationship with Penn: he was a producer on the Terrence Malick-directed "Tree of Life," which stars Penn and Brad Pitt, and Pohlad also was a producer and financier for "Into the Wild," which Penn directed.

Wilson watched his wife's CIA status become compromised after he wrote op-ed columns that accused the Bush Administration of manipulating intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

The project, based on Plame Wilson's memoir, landed at Pohlad's River Road after Warner Bros. put the project in turnaround.

Pic is being produced by Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Productions.

WB optioned the book and set Jez and John Butterworth ("Superbad") to write it at a time when Plame was still vetting the contents of book with the CIA in 2007. WB decided to let it go and the filmmakers and their CAA reps set it up with Pohlad.

Plame Wilson left the CIA in 2005 and she and her husband filed a civil suit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Cheney's ex-chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. While Rove and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted they leaked her agency status to journalists, Libby was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about his role in compromising her covert status.

Then-President George W. Bush commuted Libby's 30-month sentence in 2007, but stopped short of granting him a full pardon, despite aggressive lobbying by Cheney before Bush left the White House in January.

Looks like it is all change on this one.
Penn in a liberally biased political film??? Oscar nomination, here we come!
I keep being told that the awards are based on merit, and not playing "favorites" or politics.

I am officially declaring that Sean Penn...if he takes this role...will be nominated for an Academy Award. The movie hasnt been filmed, and likely isnt even finished with scripting. It hardly matters.
Then Penn should be nominated for every role he ever takes from now until he's dead, because he has merit out the ass.
so is Kidman or Watts playing Plame?
Lol - for a year this was a thread consisting of Hunter Rider talking to himself. :D :up:
I think Watts probably looks a little more like Plame than Kidman does.
She's also a much better better actress.

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