Watch the first trailer released for A Private War, an upcoming true-story drama starring Rosamund Pike as real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin.
The film follows the celebrated American journalist who worked for British newspaper The Sunday Times, her fearless and rebellious spirit driving her to the frontline of conflicts across the globe in order to give voice to the voiceless. Jamie Dornan plays renowned war photographer Paul Conroy, who joined her on a dangerous assignment in Syria.
Could Pike be lining up some award attention here? It’s certainly possible. The trailer below is promising, showcasing what looks like a powerhouse turn from the British actress and solid direction from director Matthew Heineman, making his narrative feature debut following acclaimed documentaries Cartel Land and City of Ghosts. If there is some pause for thought, the screenplay comes from Arash Amel, whose credits include Grace of Monaco and The Titan. Still, we’re in.
A Private War, also starring Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander, will be hitting US cinemas on November 16.
Synopsis for A Private War:
In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her — along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A PRIVATE WAR is brought to the screen by Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut.