Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn Join State of Play

Trio set to join Pitt, Norton, Bateman in remake of BBC miniseries.

by | September 26, 2007 | Comments

The cast for Kevin MacDonald‘s State of Play remake just keeps getting better.

As we discussed here two weeks ago, the director is tackling an Americanized take on Paul Abbott‘s BBC miniseries, and taking no chances with his cast. First it was announced that Brad Pitt and Edward Norton would be taking on the lead roles; now, from Variety, comes word of the production’s latest additions.

According to a report published at the site yesterday, Pitt and Norton will be joined by Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, and Robin Wright Penn — not to mention Jason Bateman, whose involvement was also recently announced. From the article:

McAdams will play a reporter in the middle of a career-making story, as her newspaper investigates the death of the mistress of a fast-rising congressman. Mirren will play the newspaper’s steely editor, a role undertaken by Bill Nighy in the original mini. Wright Penn will play the congressman’s estranged wife. She becomes romantically involved with the pol’s former campaign manager (Pitt), who leads the newspaper’s investigative team. Norton plays the congressman and Bateman plays the other lead reporter.

The miniseries will be tough (if not impossible) to top, but they’re certainly off to a good start.

Source: Variety