Trio ready for affairs of 'State'

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Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn are in negotiations to join Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman in "State of Play," Working Title and Universal's adaptation of the BBC mini- series. Kevin Macdonald is directing.

The story revolves around a congressman (Norton) and his former campaign manager-turned-journalist (Pitt) who find themselves on opposite sides after the politician's research assistant and mistress turns up dead.

McAdams will play the youngest reporter at the Washington Globe, who gets caught up in a murder conspiracy. Mirren will play the newspaper's tough editor, and Wright Penn will play the congressman's ex-wife.

Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy worked on the script. Working Title's Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing along with Andrew Hauptman. Paul Abbott is exec producing.

McAdams is shooting New Line's "The Time Traveler's Wife," in which she stars opposite Eric Bana. She recently wrapped Neil Burger's "The Return" opposite Tim Robbins and Michael Pena. She is repped by UTA, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman.

Mirren, repped by CAA, next appears in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," followed by "Inkheart." CAA-repped Wright Penn next appears in Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf."
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