Exclusive: Jeremy Rainer is set to play the role of a journalist who helped blow up the cover of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma’s role in the massive spread of the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone. Two-time Oscar nominee Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Armstrong will star in a play being sold here at Cannes Market through Extended Media / LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios.
The film will be written and directed by husband and wife filmmakers Aaron Goudet and Geeta Pullapili (Below Harvest Sky, Quinpins) Julie Yern and Patrick Walmsley from Expanded Media / LBI Entertainment and David C. of 101 Studios. Produce glass. David Hutkin, Ron Berkel and Bob Yari will be executive producers for 101 Studios.
In a four-year investigation, Armstrong discovered evidence that, in order to maximize their profits, members of the Sackler family knew and supported the secrets of oxycodone drugs and the risks of addiction. Since the release of oxycodone, more than two million Americans have died from prescription painkillers. The drama continues because the Saclar family, which has made billions of dollars, is trying to escape responsibility for the opioid crisis that has devastated cities across the United States.
“The real David Armstrong is a man of absolute honesty. We can’t be more thrilled to portray that same integrity to Jeremy as David. We’re thrilled to be working with such a great team to bring this story to a global audience, “said Gaudet Pullapili.
Armstrong said he was “satisfied that a moviegoer will learn the story behind the crisis, which has ruined so many lives. I am thrilled and thrilled to see Gita and Aaron’s approach to making this film, and an actor with Jeremy’s talent and skill will be a major part of telling this story.” . “
David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, says, “I can’t think of anyone better than Jeremy Renner to bring David Armstrong’s important story to the audience. “We were fortunate to see Jeremy’s extraordinary talent work together first hand Mayor of Kingstown. We can’t wait to see him tackle a project that we know will resonate with the audience. “
“David Armstrong’s respect and conviction is a model of our aspirations and an example of the importance of speaking the truth to power,” said Julie Yern, head of production at Expanded Media / LBI Entertainment. Aaron and Gita’s extraordinary vision and passion for this story has found its perfect match in Jeremy Renner. We are proud to be partnering with the entire team at 101 on this important story. “
The deal takes Rainer back to Studio 101, where he starred in Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount + drama series. Mayor of KingstownWhich was renewed for the second season.