This Rachel McAdams Flick Is the New #10 Movie on Netflix (& It’s About a Mysterious Murder)

Rachel McAdams is widely known for starring in Mean Girls, About Time and The Notebook, but we’ve never seen her like this.

We’re talking about State of Play, a thriller film that stars the actress as a curious reporter. Although the flick originally premiered back in 2009, it recently claimed the number ten spot on Netflix’s list of most-watched movies. (It’s currently ranked behind popular titles like Army of the Dead, Sabotage, The Woman in the Window, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Jungle Beat: The Movie and The Whole Truth.)

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.

You had us at Rachel McAdams.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...