Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger Trailer

Check out the first trailer released for Kill the Messenger, an upcoming drama starring Jeremy Renner. Based on a true story, Kill the Messenger sees Renner playing a news reporter whose life took a turn for the worse when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. It’s a fantastic trailer, showcasing what looks like a brilliant turn from Renner and a story so crazy, it could only be true. Directed by Michael Cuesta, who previously directed two impressive teenagers-in-crisis dramas L.I.E and 12 and Holding, this looks like a riveting true-life thriller.

Kill the Messenger also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.

Official synopsis for Kill the Messenger:

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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ETA: USA – 10 October, 2014.