The story focuses on congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), who is under fire after his research assistant (read: mistress) is found dead from a possible suicide. Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe) is assigned to investigate the case, which is turned upside-down when reporter Della Frye (McAdams) finds a link between the “suicide” and a shooting that happened the night prior.
In addition to McAdams, Affleck and Crowe, State of Play features an all-star cast, including Helen Mirren (Cameron Lynne), Robin Wright (Anne Collins), Harry Lennix (Det. Donald Bell), Jason Bateman (Dominic Foy), Jeff Daniels (George Fergus), Josh Mostel (Pete), Wendy Makkena (Greer Thornton), Michael Jace (Stuart Brown), Brennan Brown (Andrew), Michael Berresse (Robert Bingham), Michael Weston (Hank), Viola Davis (Dr. Judith Franklin), Barry Shabaka Henley (Gene Stavitz), David Harbour (PointCorp Insider) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Jessy).
State of Play was directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). Matthew Michael Carnahan (Dark Waters), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Paul Abbott (Shameless) wrote the screenplay.
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