“The Bourne Identity” and “Jumper” Director Doug Liman has confirmed to MTV News that Nicole Kidman is set to play Valerie Plame in the upcoming Warner Bros. biopic about the outed CIA agent.
“She’s perfect if you’ve ever met Valerie. Nicole was supposed to play Jane Smith in ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith.’ We owe a movie together! That’s an unrequited thing between me and an actor where I fell in love with them for a role and never get to consummate it” said Liman who is helming the project.
Valerie Elise Plame Wilson is a former United States CIA Operations Officer whose covert identity was classified and the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. After working for the CIA for twenty years, she retired in December 2005, as a result of the publication and compromising of her classified cover identity by American journalist Robert Novak in 2003. The ensuing fallout lead to a highly publicised scandal reaching all the way up to U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Warners landed the film rights to Plame’s memoir “Fair Game” almost a year ago, yet the film has been a tricky one to do considering how much of the book was ‘redacted’ – ie. heavily censored by the CIA with black lines erasing much of the book’s text.
Liman however insists he’s found a way around any government objections – “I have a really, really insane take on how to tell it. It’s so outrageous. Ultimately, I’d be doing something no one has ever done before. Therefore it’s automatically appealing to me. I’m just starting to explore whether [what I have in mind] is even possible to do.”
The director has also been having extensive talks with Plame who is said to have lent him her complete support. The studio however isn’t so conducive as Liman or Kidman have apparently not signed anything yet, and in fact have yet to meet with execs at the studio about the project.