Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of upcoming biopic A Private War, rounding off a great ensemble cast that already includes Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey), and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager).
The film is the story of American journalist Marie Colvin, who covered wars and conflicts for The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death in 2012. She lost the use of her left eye in Sri Lanka in 2001, before dying during a rocket attack while covering the siege of Homs in Syria. Colvin won numerous awards for her work, including Journalist Of The Year in 2000 from the Foreign Press Association.
The film will be the first narrative feature by director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City Of Ghosts). Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) has penned the script, which will focus on Colvin’s fearless work in the war-torn countries she covered, which will be juxtaposed with her home life back in London.
Pike will play Colvin, Dornan will play photographer Paul Conroy, and while Tucci’s role is currently unknown, he will figure into the London part of the story, as filming is currently getting underway in the English capital after completing shooting in Jordan.
The film sounds like a fascinating project that has every possibility of shedding increased light on one of the most revered journalists of recent times. Despite his inexperience with narrative features, Heineman might turn out to be a good choice for director considering his expertise in the documentary field, which A Private War will likely resemble in many areas.
With Tucci now on board, and filming underway, hopefully we will soon get more information regarding the film which could become one of the most highly anticipated films of the year.