Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott just can’t get enough of each other. Besides already working together on the Robin Hood revisionist movie “Nottingham” (the Sheriff of Nottingham as the good guy!), the duo have signed on for “Body of Lies”, the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name by journalist turned writer David Ignatius. The film will star Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio as CIA agents determined to stop an Al Qaeda terrorist by “planting a false rumor that the bomber is in cahoots with the Americans”.
True to the two men’s age, Crowe will play a veteran CIA chief (or as Variety calls him, “Ed Hoffman, the manipulative CIA boss”), while DiCaprio is the naive, idealistic CIA agent.
Here’s a better description of the Ignatius novel from Amazon (notice the lack of an “Ed Hoffman” character mention):
[Body of Lies] tells the story of idealistic CIA agent Roger Ferris, newly stationed in Jordan after being wounded in Iraq. After a failed initiative to flush out a terrorist mastermind known as Suleiman, Ferris, who’s dedicated to forestalling further al-Qaeda attacks, develops an intricate scheme modeled after a British plan used successfully against the Nazis. Ferris’s plot to turn the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans puts his personal life in turmoil and threatens his professional relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence.
The film will be directed by Ridley Scott from a script by “American Gangster” (another Scott-Crowe collaboration) writer Steve Zaillian.