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The short answer to that question is: possibly. A biopic about CIA operative Robert Ames is in the works, and producers have their eye on Hugh Jackman for the lead, reports Empire.

While casting has not 100 percent confirmed, our interest in this project has definitely been piqued. The script is being written by F. Scott Frazier (Collide), based on author Kai Bird‘s 2015 biography The Good Spy.

Ames joined the CIA in 1960 and was known for building relationships, even friendships, with key intelligence figures in the Middle East. He began learning Arabic early in his career, which was instrumental in international relations.

It’s said that an Israeli officer said about Ames, “Don’t crack jokes in Arabic, because he knows Arabic,” reports The New York Times.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Bird lived in the Beirut Embassy as a child and considered Ames a neighbor, who was posted in the area. He knew Ames first-hand and spent many years after their initial meeting researching The Good Spy, according to the book’s official description.

The film will chronicle Ames’ work and personal life. There is also talk of Balthasar Kormákur (Trapped) to direct.

Jackman has completed filming on another biopic, The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman. The political thriller about Senator Gary Hart is due out later this year.

If casting falls into place sooner than later, The Good Spy is predicted to begin filming next year.

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By Brigid Brown