Paz Vega Joins Jeremy Renner in ‘Kill the Messenger’

Michael Cuesta is directing this adaptation Nick Schou’s book about a journalist who exposed the CIA’s involvement in a cocaine smuggling operation.

Paz Vega joins Kill the Messanger alongside Jeremy Renner
Paz Vega joins Kill the Messanger alongside Jeremy Renner
Paz Vega has signed on to star in Kill the Messenger for director Michael Cuesta and Focus Features. We first reported on the project back in January, when Jeremy Renner signed on to star.

The project is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), who helped expose the CIA's involvement in helping Nicaraguan rebels smuggle cocaine into California in the 1980s. The spy agency tried to discredit the journalist until his death, which was deemed a suicide even though there were two bullets in his head. Paz Vega is playing the girlfriend of a prominent drug dealer, who hopes that the journalist can get her boyfriend out of jail.

Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) is directing from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, which is adapted from both Gary Webb's book Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion and Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb. Production is scheduled to begin this August in Atlanta.

Paz Vega will next be seen in director Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited! and in Grace of Monaco. She recently wrapped production on Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii.

Kill the Messenger was released October 10th, 2014 and stars Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo, Hajji Golightly, Ted Huckabee, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lucas Hedges. The film is directed by Michael Cuesta.

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