Richard Schiff Joins Jeremy Renner in CIA Tale ‘Kill the Messenger’ (Exclusive)

The Cuesta-directed project is one of three movies that Schiff has just signed on to

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:27 PM

Former "West Wing" star Richard Schiff has joined the cast of three different movies, including Michael Cuesta‘s "Kill the Messenger," according to an individual with knowledge of the actor’s plans.

Schiff, who had a role in this summer's "Man of Steel," has also appeared in three different plays over the past year, including the Al Pacino-led revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross," but the Emmy-winning actor's focus now shifts to features.

He is currently filming Matt Sobel's "Explosion, in which he plays the father of a California teen who unravels after being accused of abusing a younger cousin. His next job is in "Kill the Messenger," which Cuesta is filming now in Atlanta.

The movie stars Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, a journalist who exposed the CIA’s involvement in funneling drugs to the Nicaraguan Contras. When Webb was discredited, he became depressed and eventually committed suicide. Schiff will play the editor of the Washington Post.

After shooting that film, Schiff will make "The Automatic Hate," director Justin Lerner's follow-up film to the 2010 Toronto selection "Girlfriend." Schiff will play a renowned Yale professor who has kept his younger brother a secret for three decades. Production begins in September.