Over the past few years Summit Entertainment has wielded a powerful one-two punch of financial and critical success in Hollywood. The combined worldwide gross for the first three Twilight films is over a billion dollars. The cherry on that financial cake was the company’s Best Picture win at last year’s Academy Awards for The Hurt Locker.
This year Summit has assembled a team of creative powerhouses to tell the tale of Valarie Plame’s controversial public “outing” as a CIA agent in Fair Game – and today we’ve got the first trailer.
In Fair Game, Naomi Watts play’s Plame with Sean Penn’s portraying her husband, Joseph Wilson. The film’s director, Doug Liman, is no stranger to all manner of political intrigue spy films. From The Bourne Identity to Mr. and Mrs. Smith Liman is adept at weaving dynamic characters and heart-rending action into compelling and entertaining stories.
This film faces the challenge of creating dynamic tension for a tale that we all already know the ending to. There is also a strong likelihood that many will go into this movie with preconceived notions about the story it is telling – and powerful feelings about the people it is depicting.
Check out the trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies:
In July of 2003, the name Valarie Plame unleashed a firestorm of controversy in Washington that reverberated throughout the world. Columnist Robert Novak exposed Plame as a CIA covert operative in the Counter-Proliferation Division. Mr. Novak’s actions potentially endangered her life, the lives of her loved ones and any classified operations she was involved with at that time.
Ms. Plame had been charged with overseeing the investigation into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As a part of her investigation, her husband, former diplomat Joe Wilson, was asked to look into an alleged large scale depleted uranium sale in Africa. The Bush administration had hoped to use that sale to lead credence to its allegations that Iraq was stockpiling weapons – and that Saddam Hussein posed a clear and present danger to the United States.
Many felt that Plame’s exposure was in retaliation to her husband’s New York Times Op-Ed piece “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” - which disavowed any evidence of the sale. Mr. Wilson’s testimonial severely undermined the Bush administrations public opinion agenda. WMD’s are now infamously known to be the principal reason the administration used to start a war that still rages today – seven years later.
Fair Game tells the tale of Valarie Plame’s exposure and the ensuing fall out for her family, the CIA, the journalistic community in Washington and the Bush administration at that time.
With fascinating source material, strong performances from both Watts and Penn, and a hard-hitting visual style – Fair Game looks like one to watch.
Fair Game opens on November 10th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies [via FilmSchoolRejects]