Sean Penn in talks for film on outed CIA spy

Sean Penn, days from receiving his second best-actor Oscar for his work in the movie "Milk," is in talks to star in a film about ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame, Hollywood media reported Tuesday.
"Fair Game" will feature director Doug Liman ("Mr. & Ms. Smith") and is to star Naomi Watts as the real-life undercover agent whose identity was illegally revealed in 2003, sparking a crisis for the administration of president George W. Bush.

Sean Penn in talks for film on outed CIA spy
Variety magazine reported that Penn is in negotiations to portray Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who saw his wife's CIA identity uncovered after he wrote columns criticizing Bush's handling of the invasion of Iraq.
The former envoy to Iraq, in an opinion piece in The New York Times, had accused the administration of distorting intelligence about Iraq, particularly about weapons of mass destruction.
The film is based on Plame's 2007 memoir, "Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House," according to Variety.
Should Penn commit to the project it would be his second film co-starring opposite Watts. The two paired up in the 2003 drama "21 Grams."

Thursday, February 26th 2009

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