‘Fair Game’ Premieres at Cannes
Fair Game, the new movie based on the book by ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame ’85, debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival this week. Naomi Watts, known for her roles in King Kong and The Ring, stars as Plame, while Academy Award winner Sean Penn plays her husband, Joe Wilson.
Plame received national attention in 2003 when Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that she was a CIA operative, which led to a grand jury investigation involving Lewis “Scooter” Libby (chief of staff for then-vice president Dick Cheney). Plame published a memoir titled Fair Game in late 2007, and she was our cover story in the Jan./Feb. 2008 issue of The Penn Stater.
The film, helmed by Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, was the only U.S. film premiering at Cannes this year. It “received solid reviews, but most critics agree that it broke no new ground, cinematically or politically,” StudioBriefing.net reports. The New York Times says the film was “greeted with solid applause and a smattering of boos after its first press screening” and had “an enjoyable opening hour before disintegrating into melodramatic hooey.” The New York Post, on a brighter note, reports that “Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are being tipped for Oscar nods.”
Fair Game has another Penn State connection besides Plame: Ty Burrell ’97, star of ABC’s Modern Family, also appears in the film.
No word yet on when the movie will hit U.S. theatres, but you can check out a clip below.
Amy Guyer, associate editor
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