Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner has now signed on to take the lead in fact-based conspiracy thriller KILL THE MESSENGER. The film is based on the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning American investigative journalist Gary Webb, who is said to have ‘killed himself’ with two bullets to the head at the age of 48 after being the target of a smear campaign. This after discovering links to the CIA, with a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and the import of cocaine into California.

KILL THE MESSENGER is written by Peter Landesman and based on the non-fiction novels ‘Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion’, by Webb, and Nick Schou’s ‘Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb’. DEXTER and HOMELAND regular Michael Cuesta is attached to direct.

Source: Deadline