First Look: Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies

Body of Lies

Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of LiesWarner Bros has also provided us with the first photo from Ridley Scott‘s (Gladiator, American Gangster) big screen adaptation of David Ignatius’s novel, Body of Lies. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Roger Ferris, an injured former Iraq War journalist who is hired by the CIA to track down an Al Qaeda leader. And the screenplay is written by William Monahan, who won the Oscar last year for The Departed‘. The film also stars Russell Crowe and Carice van Houten.

Here is the Official Book Description:

A tale of counterterrorism from an author who “ranks with Graham Greene in his knowledge of espionage and the human heart” (Publishers Weekly). Roger Ferris is one of the CIA’s soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission-to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as “Suleiman.” Ferris’s plan for getting inside Suleiman’s tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy’s ranks. This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan’s intelligence service-a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carré’s celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

Body of Lies will hit theaters in the Fourth Quarter of 2008.

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