Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn will join Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman in "State of Play," the Universal Pictures/Working Title adaptation of the British miniseries. Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland") is directing from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan ("Lions for Lambs," "The Kingdom").
McAdams will play a reporter in the middle of a career-making story, as her newspaper investigates the death of the mistress of a fast-rising congressman. Mirren will play the steely newspaper editor. Wright Penn will play the estranged wife of the congressman. She becomes romantically involved with the pol's former campaign manager (Pitt), who leads the newspaper's investigative team. Norton plays the congressman and Bateman plays the other lead reporter.
This sounds just terrific. I have never seen the original British mini-series but would love to check it out before this film hits theaters.