The Whistleblower gains big names
The Whistleblower has had a rather strong casting announcement today. The film tells the true life story of an American police officer who decided to volunteer to assist in the humanitarian crisis following the Bosnian War. She was there to investigate sexual assaults but actually uncovered a sex trafficking organisation and, according to the film, while trying to expose it she discovers a cover up that includes some high ranking UN officials.
The casting for the main role of Kathryn Bolkovac was announced back in July, Rachel Weisz was announced as taking the role, but now that's expanded and from the cast alone it sounds like it's going to be a powerful film.
Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn and Nikolaj Lie Kaas are the names that have just been added to the project, and they are three mighty names indeed. I would guess that Strathairn will be someone in the UN, he has that air about him from previous roles. However there's no word on the casting of the others involved.
What caught my eye about this story in ScreenDaily is the positioning of the film by the production companies, very clearly they are aiming high with the film and comparing it to previous films like Silkwood and The Insider, although I think that Silkwood far outranks The Insider.
It looks as though The Whistleblower is going to be a serious attempt to show the real story and not one that just begins with those fated words “inspired by actual events” and then only taking the name of one character from reality before remaking history completely.