Nearly a year after Warner Brothers announced their intention to make a biopic of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, the identity of the actress who will play her has finally been leaked to the media – and you can only find it on MTV News.
"Nicole Kidman," director Doug Liman revealed. "She's perfect if you've ever met Valerie. Nicole was supposed to play Jane Smith in 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.' We owe a movie together! That’s an unrequited thing between me and an actor where I fell in love with them for a role and never get to consummate it."
That Doug Liman himself is attached to the project is something of a surprise all by itself, but a perfect fit, the "Jumper" director said, based on his history working with [REDACTED]...his training in [REDACTED]...and, above all, his unique approach to the material - perhaps a necessity given that the Plame's memoir, "Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House," was heavily censored by the CIA.
Never mind that, Liman said, insisting that he’s found a way around any government objections.
"I have a really, really insane take on how to tell it. It's so outrageous," Liman enthused. "Ultimately, I'd be doing something no one has ever done before. Therefore it's automatically appealing to me. I'm just starting to explore whether [what I have in mind] is even possible to do."
Outrageous doesn't even begin to cover it. Liman's extraordinary use of [REDACTED]…And, best of all, it comes with the full support of Valerie, with whom the director has been having extensive talks, he said.
Pretty cool idea, right? What do you make of Liman's approach? And what do you make of Nicole Kidman as Valerie Plame? And, finally, who would you cast as the other principles: Joe Wilson, Scooter Libby, Bob Novak, Dick Cheney, etc? Sound off below.