With its Cannes debut coming up, the first clip from Doug Liman’s Fair Game has come online. It may not be the best clip to show as it throws a lot at you in terms of political repercussions, intrigue, and family drama, but you will come away under the impression that A) this is mature, intelligent drama; B) it’s a huge acting showcase for stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Fair Game is based on the true story of the Bush Administration’s outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame (Watts) as retribution for an editorial written by her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson (Penn). The title comes from Bush advisor Karl Rove’s statement that such retribution was “Fair Game”.
Hit the jump to check out the clip along with the official synopsis.
As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat Joe Wilson, is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and igniting a firestorm of controversy.
Soon after, Valerie’s covert status is reported by a high-profile Washington journalist. With her cover blown and her overseas contacts placed in mortal danger, Valerie is pushed to the breaking point as her career and private life collapse. After years serving the government, Valerie–a mother, a wife and a field officer with an impeccable record–now struggles to save her reputation, her career and her family.
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