Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear Join Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon in the Green Zone
Quartet attempting to buck box-office trend for Iraq-themed films.
Variety reports that the as-yet-untitled thriller that Greengrass is filming with Matt Damon -- inspired by Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone -- started shooting in Spain yesterday. Joining Damon are Amy Ryan, currently riding high on critics' year-end best-of lists for her supporting turn in Gone Baby Gone, and Greg Kinnear. From the article:
Damon plays an officer who teams with a senior CIA officer to search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Ryan will play a New York Times foreign correspondent sent to Iraq to investigate the U.S. government's WMD claims. Kinnear plays another CIA officer. Antoni Corone has been cast as a colonel.
Much has been made of the failure of Iraq-themed films to gain any traction at the box office; whether they're framed as thoughtful character studies (In the Valley of Elah, $6.5 million box office) or popcorn action flicks (The Kingdom, $47 million), audiences seem to tune them out with equal enthusiasm. Still, Greengrass has experience turning headlines into movies -- he directed United 93, after all -- and his last project with Damon was a little picture called The Bourne Ultimatum.