State of Play

April 17th 2009
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 118 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Maria Thayer, Wendy Makkena, David Harbour, Brianna Womick, Harry Lennix, Rob Benedict, Katy Mixon, Bonita Friedericy, Eileen Grubba, Zoe Lister Jones, Gregg Binkley, Christopher Thornton, Arabella Field, Brennan Brown, Dan Brown, Michael Berresse
  • Director: Kevin Macdonald
  • Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Hauptman
  • Executive Producers: Debra Hayward, E. Bennett Walsh, Liza Chasin, Paul Abbott
  • Art Directions: Richard L. Johnson, Adam Stockhausen
  • Casting: Avy Kaufman
  • Costume Design: Jacqueline West
  • D.O.P.: Rodrigo Prieto
  • Editor: Justine Wright
  • Makeup: Felicity Bowring
  • Music: Alex Heffes
  • Production Design: Mark Friedberg
  • Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik


Based on the award-winning 2003 BBC mini-series. OscarĀ® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in "State of Play," from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland").

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (OscarĀ® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Arlington, USA; Los Angeles, USA; Washington, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content
  • Production Companies: Andell Entertainment, Bevan-Fellner, Relativity Media, Studio Canal, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films
  • Production Schedule: January 2008 - April 2008

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The original 2003 mini-series has yielded a large number of household name actors in recent years. In the original Bill Nighy ("Love Actually," "Pirates of the Caribbean") was the newspaper editor, James McAvoy ("Atonement," "The Last King of Scotland") was the bucking young reporter, David Morrissey ("The Reaping," "Basic Instinct 2") was Collins, John Simm (TV's "Life on Mars," "Doctor Who") was McAffrey, Philip Glenister TV's "Life on Mars," "Ashes to Ashes") was a police officer and Polly Walker ("Patriot Games," HBO's "Rome") was Collins' wife.

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton originally signed on for the movie that would have reunited them for the first time since Fight Club (1999). However, Pitt pulled out before Thanksgiving 2007, when rewrites were made impossible because of the writers' strike. He was replaced by Russell Crowe. Pitt's departure delayed the start of shooting, and made Norton unavailable as he was committed to start shooting Leaves of Grass (2009) in January. He was replaced by Ben Affleck.

After Brad Pitt departed from the film, and before Russell Crowe replaced him, other actors considered for the role of Cal McCaffrey were Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 April 2009: Canada, Iceland, Spain, Turkey
  • 23 April 2009: Brazil, Finland, UK
  • 29 April 2009: Egypt
  • 30 April 2009: Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands
  • 1 May 2009: Norway, Sweden
  • 21 May 2009: Argentina
  • 28 May 2009: Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand
  • 29 May 2009: Denmark
  • 5 June 2009: Estonia
  • 11 June 2009: Singapore
  • 25 June 2009: Russia
  • 1 July 2009: Belgium, France