EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Renner is about to star because the journalist who helped blow the lid off the Sackler household and Purdue Pharma’s position within the rampant unfold of the extremely addictive painkiller OxyContin. The two-time Oscar nominee will play Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Armstrong in a drama that’s being offered right here within the Cannes Market by means of Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios.

The movie will likely be written and directed by husband-wife filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky, Queenpins). Julie Yorn and Patrick Walmsley from Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios’ David C. Glasser will produce. David Hutkin, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari will govt produce for 101 Studios.

Over a four-year investigation, Armstrong found proof that, in an effort to maximize their earnings, members of the Sackler household knew of and supported Purdue’s concealment of the energy and dependancy dangers of the drug OxyContin. Since the discharge of OxyContin, greater than 200 thousand Americans have died from prescription painkiller associated overdoses. The drama is ongoing because the Sackler household that made tens of billions of {dollars}, has tried to maneuver its approach out of accountability for the Opioid disaster that has decimated cities all throughout the U.S.

“The actual David Armstrong is a person of utmost integrity. We couldn’t be extra thrilled to have Jeremy on board to infuse that very same integrity into his portrayal of David. We’re excited to work with such an excellent crew to convey this story to a world viewers,” mentioned Gaudet Pullapilly.

Armstrong mentioned he’s “gratified {that a} film viewers will be taught of the story behind this disaster, which has ruined so many lives. I’m impressed with the imaginative and prescient Gita and Aron have for making this movie and thrilled that an actor of Jeremy’s expertise and skill will likely be a serious a part of telling this story.”

“I can’t consider anybody higher than Jeremy Renner to convey David Armstrong’s very important story to audiences,” mentioned 101 Studios CEO David C. Glasser. “We have been fortunate sufficient to see Jeremy’s large expertise first-hand working collectively on Mayor of Kingstown. We can’t wait to see him deal with a undertaking that we all know will resonate with audiences.”

Julie Yorn, Head of Production for Expended Media/LBI Entertainment mentioned that “David Armstrong’s honor and conviction are a mannequin of what we must always all aspire to, and an instance of the significance of talking reality to energy. Aron and Gita’s outstanding imaginative and prescient and fervour for this story has discovered its good match in Jeremy Renner. We are proud to be working in partnership with all the crew at 101 on this necessary story. “

The deal places Renner again with 101 Studios, the place he stars in Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ drama sequence Mayor Of Kingstown, which was renewed for a second season.

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