With production starting today in Spain, Paul Greengrass has picked up Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear to fill out his cast for an untitled Iraq war thriller. While these have not done well in the past -- see In the Valley of Elah -- having Kinnear, Ryan and Matt Damon does perk my curiosity.
Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear Join Greengrass
Based on the nonfiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, the currently-untitled thriller will feature Matt Damon as an officer who teams with a senior CIA officer to search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Ryan will play a New York Times foreign correspondent sent to Iraq to investigate the U.S. government's WMD claims. Kinnear plays another CIA officer. Antoni Corone has been cast as a colonel.
Greengrass will have the thriller take place in the "Green Zone," a walled and fortified area where U.S. troops stay during the Iraq occupation. There, critics say, flawed decisions are made because leaders are separated from the realities of life in war-torn Iraq.
Matt Damon and Greengrass last joined to create The Bourne Ultimatum, one of the best spy movies out there. Ryan was last seen in Affleck's Gone Baby Gone while Kinnear just starred in the Marc Abraham-directed Flash of Genius.