State of Play


Synopsis Cast & Crew

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out. McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.


Russell Crowe Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdams Della Frye
Robin Wright Penn Anne Collins
Helen Mirren Cameron Lynne
Jason Bateman Dominic Foy


Kevin Macdonald Director
Andrew Hauptman Producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Paul Abbott Executive Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Matthew Michael Carnahan Writer

State of Play Premiere

22nd April 2009

State of Play premiered last night in London's Leicester Square and opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland today.

Principal photography begins on State of Play

11th January 2008

Principal photography has commenced on State of Play, a blistering political thriller starring Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Ben Afflec, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright-Penn and directed by Kevin Macdonald.