Real life tale Nothing but the Truth talks big cast
Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga and Edie Falco are all in talks to appear in Rod Lurie's Nothing but the Truth, the film based on the true life events of a reporter who reveals an unknown CIA operative to the world and goes to prison for not revealing her source.
According to the Variety write up, the talks pitch Kate Beckinsale as the journalist, Matt Dillon as the prosecutor on the case, Vera Farmiga as the CIA agent who is revealed, Edie Falco as the editor of the newspaper to which Beckinsale's character belongs, and Alan Alda as the attorney who tries to defend the journalist and release her from prison.
Nothing but the Truth is based on the real life events of Valerie Plame, the wife of US Ambassador Joe Wilson, who was exposed as a CIA agent after her husband wrote a story for the New York Times that criticised the Bush administration for the war in Iraq.
The reporter, Judith Miller, went to jail to protect her sources, while the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis Libby, was convicted of perjury and President Bush commuted his thirty month jail sentence.
This promises to be another powerful political drama on Iraq and the Bush administration, but the difference is that this will be heavily based on actual events. It's the start of a real wave of films on such topics, but I suspect that this has a high chance of being the hardest hitting.