Rosamund Pike owned it as disenchanted, stay-at-home wife Amy Dunne in David Fincher‘s Gone Girl — possibly it was her breakout performance. Just recently, she took on the weighty role of Ruth Williams in A United Kingdom. Williams was a British citizen whose controversial marriage to the President of Botswana, Seretse Khama (played here by David Oyelowo), caused political upheaval during the 1940s and ’50s.
And, now, reports Deadline, Pike has signed on to play American journalist Marie Colvin, who died 2012 in a rocket attack while reporting on the civil war in Syria for the London Sunday Times. The film is yet to be titled, but we do know it revolves around Colvin’s reports from conflicts including Kosovo, Chechnya, East Timor and the Middle East. It will most likely cover, in some manner, Colvin losing her left eye after being attacked in Sri Lanka in 2001.
She wrote about the experience from her hospital bed, saying, “The shot hit me. Blood poured from my eye — I felt a profound sadness that I was going to die.”
However, Colvin recovered from the her injury. Wearing an eye patch, she continued her work as a frontline reporter.
The film will be based on Marie Brenner‘s article, “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” which appeared in Vanity Fair in 2012.
Here is a snippet from Brenner’s piece:
By the time Marie Colvin got herself smuggled into Syria last winter, to report on the slaughter for the London Sunday Times, she was a legend, for her style (the eye patch, the La Perla bra under the flak jacket) as well as her courageous dispatches championing the innocent victims of war. It would be her last story. Marie Brenner reveals the price Colvin paid for the work she couldn’t give up.
Filming will begin in October 2017, in the U.K. and Middle East. Arash Amel, who penned the Emmy and Oscar-nominated documentary, Cartel Land, has written the script.
Pike has already completed filming on Hostiles, opposite Christian Bale. And we can look for her in High Wire Act, also starring Jon Hamm. Both out later this year.
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