‘The Master’ Actor Josh Close Joins Jeremy Renner in ‘Kill the Messenger’

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The Master” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” actor Josh Close has come on to star in the Focus pic “Kill the Messenger.”

Pic stars Jeremy Renner and Rosemarie DeWitt with Michael Cuesta directing. Scott Stuber is producing through his Bluegrass Films banner.

Pic is based on the true story of Gary Webb, a reporter who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Close will play a fellow reporter with the L.A. Times and close friend of Webb.

Pic is currently in production.

Close, who is repped by DBA and Untitled Entertainment, most recently wrapped production on “Solace” starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins.

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