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‘Kill the Messenger’ Trailer Finds Jeremy Renner Running From Big Brother

Michael Cuesta directed the thriller for Focus Features

kill-the-messenger-posterFocus Features has released the first trailer for “Kill the Messenger,” a fact-based thriller starring Jeremy Renner as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Michael Cuesta (“Dexter”) directed the film, which explores the CIA’s Central American cocaine connection and questions the role that government whistleblowers play in national security.

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Webb’s reporting led to allegations 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. He became the target of a smear campaign that threatened his career, family and life.

Renner produced the film, which co-stars Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paz Vega and Oliver Platt.

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Focus will release “Kill the Messenger” on Oct. 10. Watch the trailer below: