Universal Pictures has moved up the debut of “Charlie Wilson’s War” by four days to Friday, Dec. 21.
Mike Nichols satire about covert dealings by a Texas congressman is expected to bow on around 2,500 screens. It will join a crowded field that weekend: Johnny Depp starrer “Sweeney Todd,” biopic satire “Walk Hard,” the “National Treasure” sequel and romantic drama “P.S. I Love You” also debut the frame before Christmas.
Four major bows are now skedded for Dec. 25: “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman; Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters”; Walden fantasy “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” and the “Alien vs. Predator” sequel.
Based on George Crile’s book, “Charlie Wilson’s War” stars Tom Hanks as a congressman who assists Afghani rebels in their fight against the Soviets in the 1980s. Julia Roberts costars as a fun-loving Houston socialite who joins the cause and Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a maverick CIA operative.