'Kill the Messenger' Trailer: Jeremy Renner Stars as Journalist Gary Webb in the Thriller (Video)

The first trailer for Jeremy Renner's Kill the Messenger borrows the visual style, tone and ripped-from-the-headlines subject material of American Hustle.

Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta, is a dramatization of journalist Gary Webb's investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to a series of articles titled "Dark Alliance" for The San Jose Mercury News that caused a firestorm of controversy. 

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"Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications," the film's synopsis reads. The cast also features Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta

The Focus Features biopic was written by Parkland scribe Peter Landesman based on Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.

The film is set for U.S. release in October. 

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