Political pic 'Fair Game' adds player

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Liraz Charhi is on her way to Baghdad.

The Israeli actress has been cast in "Fair Game," the Doug Liman-directed drama about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Naomi Watts already has been cast as Plame. Sean Penn plays her husband, ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Charhi will play Sawsan, an Iraqi doctor in Cleveland whom Plame sends undercover to Baghdad to gather intelligence on Saddam Hussein's nuclear program in exchange for bringing her brother to the U.S.

The movie centers on how Plame's status was compromised because of a leak from the Bush administration, allegedly in retaliation for a 2003 op-ed piece her husband wrote claiming the administration manipulated intelligence on Iraq.

Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Prods. are producing the film. William Pohlad's River Road is financing.

The film, based on Plame's memoir, is filming in New York and the Middle East.

Charhi is managed by Flutie Entertainment. (partialdiff)
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