The project is based on the true story of Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who helped expose the CIA's involvement in a drug smuggling operation with Nicarauguan rebels in the 1980s. In an effort to discredit the writer, the agency launched a smear campaign before the journalist took his own life. No details were given for Rosemarie DeWitt's character. We reported earlier this week that Paz Vega is playing the girlfriend of a drug dealer, who seeks Gary's help in getting him out of jail.
Michael Cuesta is directing from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, which is adapted from Gary Webb's 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. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August, with rehearsals starting next month.