PAGE UPDATED ON: March 30, 2009
Official poster - 1/29/09
Release date: April 17, 2009
CAST (From the IMDb):
3/30/09 - Layne has a video of Russell speaking about SOP
3/12/09 - Rabbitohs.com: State of Play Becomes Sleeve Sponsor for First 11 Rounds - The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce that the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster movie State of Play will be the Club’s major sleeve sponsor during the 2009 NRL season - Thanks, Oz Fan -- (Story also at the Rugby League site - Thanks, Allison, Ivani)
1/29/09 - Scans of Empire Magazine March 2009 - SOP - Thanks, Sarah
1/8/09 - Monsters and Critics: Universal Pictures and Rogue Pictures have announced their 2009 theatrical slate - (SOP)
11/7/08 - Gossip - Variety: Anne Thompson's Web Log -- State of Play: Crowe vs. Affleck -- Universal and Working Title refused to let their screen adaptation of the Brit mini-series State of Play fall apart just before the writers' strike when Brad Pitt insisted on rewrites. So director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) recast Pitt's role with Russell Crowe, already working in-house on Nottingham (which was eventually pushed back anyway) and Ben Affleck in the Edward Norton role. Word is, the on-set chemistry was not ideal. While Crowe is never easy, he and Affleck were supposed to be playing best friends, and they couldn't stand each other. Poor Macdonald had his hands full. It remains to be seen whether their on-set chill will negatively impact their performances. State of Play is due in April, 2009. - Thanks, Cindy
10/20/08 - Box Office Prophets' page on State of Play: They say it will open on April 17 2009 - "...All confusion aside, however, there’s still a lot to look for in State of Play. The six-hour original miniseries was beloved in England and appreciated domestically as well, drawing raves from critics as well as fans. Macdonald’s stated aim is to stay close to the original while pulling influence from political thrillers of the 1970’s; he’s cited All the President’s Men as a model." - Thanks, Layne
6/20/08 - The Times UK: Related - Jason Bateman -- Hancock could make Jason Bateman a star at last -- "...He has just finished a role in the Hollywood film version of the British TV drama State of Play opposite Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, playing the character of Dominic Foy, the part originally taken by Marc Warren. The director was the Scottish wunderkind Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). “In this version Foy is a bisexual fetish club promoter who has some information that Russell's character wants, which he is not willing to give. It's about a 15-page segment of the film and my character goes from A to Z in 15 pages.” - Thanks, Allison
From Wikipedia: Russell Crowe plays Cal McCaffrey. The character is a "street smart" reporter, described by Kevin Macdonald as "[representing] the old world journalist, the shining knight who is after the truth". Macdonald traveled to Australia to court Crowe's involvement, which averted the film's abandonment after Brad Pitt dropped out of the role citing concerns over the script. Crowe (who is reportedly happy with the script) also had to negotiate with the studio over shooting dates to avoid a conflict with Nottingham, which he is due to star in for director Ridley Scott in March 2008. The majority of Crowe's three hours per day in hair and makeup preparation was spent hiding his "extremely long" hair, which he grew for Nottingham. During filming in Washington, D.C., Crowe acquired an education in journalism from The Washington Post's Metro editor, R.B. Brenner. British newspaper The Independent noted that hiring an A-list American actor for the lead role was sidelining original McCaffrey actor John Simm, who it said was "widely considered one of the best television actors to emerge in recent years" and that the recasting was "the latest example of the trend for British actors to be replaced by Americans". The Stage television writer Liz Thomas said that while it was frustrating for British actors, such casting made good commercial sense, expressing hope that the film's high profile would be a "huge advert" or "shop window" for other such projects to come out of the UK in recent years.
2/29/08 - The Daily Mail - Baz Bamigboye: Regal Helen Mirren puts the accent on adaptability -- Helen Mirren was in the middle of switching accents. -- "I've just played the English editor-in-chief in State Of Play and I'm heading to Albuquerque to play a brothel owner who is very American in Taylor's film," the Oscar-winner told me, referring to the movie Love Ranch, which is being directed by her husband, Taylor Hackford. ...In the film version, being directed by Kevin Macdonald (who made The Last King Of Scotland), Helen, as editor of a Washington daily paper, has to tough it out with secretive politicians when her dogged investigative reporter, played by Russell Crowe, uncovers a story involving murder and corruption. Bill Nighy played Helen's part in the TV series. "She's the one in control," Andrew Hauptman, the producer who secured the film rights from Abbott, told me. "She is the person in charge of this newspaper and she makes it known that she's strong, old school - a real Fleet Street type," Hauptman added. Eric Fellner of Working Title (the London studio behind Atonement - which won an Oscar, by the way, for best score) is overseeing the production and he and his associates commissioned the building of a massive newsroom in a Los Angeles studio. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. - Thanks, Maria
2/21/08 - JFX online: Rachel McAdams and Russell in character on set
2/5/08- Thanks to Cindy - Pics of Russell as Cal McAffrey and Jason Batemen as Dominic Foy on the set of State of Play (From JFX on line)
12/18/07- Variety: Norton exits 'State of Play' -- Affleck in talks to replace actor - Thanks, Maria
12/3/07 - Flash!: Variety: Crowe commits to 'State of Play' -- Russell Crowe has committed to star for Universal in "State of Play," a development that keeps the Kevin Macdonald-directed film on course to begin production this year. Crowe joins Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn, who were all locked into pay-or-play deals when Brad Pitt abruptly exited the project just before Thanksgiving. Producers are Andrew Hauptman and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
12/3/07 - Variety: Many top names free for spring films -- "...Universal took advantage of the availability of Russell Crowe to keep "State of Play" going, but that was an anomaly. He is poised to step into a fully formed picture, with sets constructed, Kevin Macdonald ready to direct, and a stellar cast -- Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn -- all locked into pay-or-play deals. Indications are that Crowe likes the script, and the studio and his WMA reps are trying to make a deal that will allow him time to report to the Ridley Scott-directed drama "Nottingham" in March. Even if the start date of "State of Play" gets pushed a bit, U is financing both films and won't have to barter with a rival studio nervous that Crowe will be late arriving to Sherwood Forest."
11/29/07 - (Note: Final negotiations doesn't mean signed on the dotted line, so some restraint is needed here) -- The Hollywood Reporter: Russell Crowe is in final negotiations to replace Brad Pitt in "State of Play," saving Universal and Working Title's delayed political thriller from shutting down. - Thanks, Kris C - Also at Reuters - Thanks, Marilyn
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland).
Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.