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Alisha Grauso

The glut of "based on a true story" films that are finding their way to the theaters in the latter half of 2013 are proving to be hit or miss at the box office and with critics. The Fifth Estate has more or less tanked, while Lee Daniels' The Butler was a critical and commercial success, and it remains to be seen whether upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years A Slave will be as successful with moviegoers as they have been with critics, among others.

But actor and his director, , are fighting the good fight for their upcoming true-life film Kill The Messenger, based on the story of journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA's involvement with the crack cocaine trade in the '90s, only to have to endure a smear campaign so unrelenting that it led to his own editors writing an editorial refuting everything he found, and Webb's eventual suicide. Though the film isn't due out in theaters until next year, the pair is already talking about it, sharing their passion for the story. USA Today has the first look at Renner in the role of Webb, and it's pretty safe to say he's not a man meant to have a goatee:

The actor is fascinated by the man he's playing, and the story itself, based on Webb's own book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion and Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb:

Good investigative journalism ruffles feathers. From the reaction he got, Gary was doing something right.

It's a man left out in the wind on his own. The letter was the ultimate betrayal for Gary, I believe. The mothership bailed and that crushed him.

Sounds pretty intriguing, but journalism stories are a hard sell to audiences right now. In any case, it has a stellar cast, including, among others, , , , and . Expect more material to start leaking from this project in the next few months.

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