This one is shaping up as a film with some serious Oscar horsepower behind it. Reese Witherspoon, winner of the 2006 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as June Carter-Cash in Walk the Line, will star in New Line's Rendition. The film will be helmed by South African director Gavin Hood, whose previous film Tsotsi won the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and was the first South African film to earn an Oscar.

Rendition will be Hood's first Hollywood film and the screenplay is from newcomer Kelley Sane. Filmjerk describes the movie as "centering on a CIA analyst based in Cairo who finds his world spinning out of control after he witnesses the interrogation of a foreign national by the Egyptian secret police. Witherspoon has been tapped to play Isabella El-Ibrahim, the pregnant American wife of an Egyptian-born chemical engineer whose family emigrated to the States in the mid 1980s, who is shipped off to a third world country for interrogation after he is deemed a political prisoner in our post-9/11 world."

Presumably the cast and crew will be cashing in some frequent-flier miles as the shoot, which begins in November and runs into the new year, will take place in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Morocco and Cape Town. The film will probably hit theaters in November of 2007.

Via Movie Hole
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