Deadline has exclusively reported that Alec Baldwin has departed from Rob Reiner’s Iraq War film Shock and Awe due to financial timing issues.
The report states that Rob Reiner, who is directing the film, is now set to step into the role which has been characterised as a Ben Bradlee-type editor, which Baldwin was set to play as a weeklong role. Shock and Awe focuses on a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the official reason given by the Bush administration for the invasion of Iraq. The story follows Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who after the events of 9/11 met with bureau chief John Walcott to get to the bottom of who was responsible. Their sources tell them that the Bush Administration trying to tie Saddam Hussein to the terror attacks, even though there was no evidence to support such a claim. As the push for a war in Iraq increases, they bring in legendary reporter Joe Galloway to give them high-level sources to help counter the false narrative of Hussein, al-Qaeda and WMD’s. They find themselves to be one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative and thus in the end, Iraq is invaded and their reports are proven true.
It’s a shame that Alec had to pull out from Shock and Awe, which started shooting last month, but Reiner putting himself into the role now supposedly isn’t a bad thing either. The cast of Shock and Awe includes Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Biel, Richard Schiff and Luke Tennie.
There is no cinematic release date as of yet for Shock and Awe.