I first took notice of David Strathairn after seeing his Oscar-nominated performance as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck. It was a strikingly subtle piece of work. He's certainly no newcomer, as the man has been making films since 1980. But his career is obviously on an upswing, and he has several movies in various stages of completion right now, with The Sensation of Sight (which is starting to make the rounds at film festivals) looking particularly interesting.

According to Coming Soon, Strathairn can now add two more films to his resume. The Spiderwick Chroniclesis being produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures, with obvious intentions of duplicating the success of youth-oriented fantasy films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the Harry Potterfilms. With a plot revolving around three children who move to their great uncle's ancient mansion only to discover a magical book which opens up a new world, the story sounds -- for want of a better term -- Narnian. Strathairn will play a lead role, though it's unclear which one. The film is being directed by Mark Waters, who also helmed Mean Girls and The House of Yes.

Strathairn will also be appearing in the Bourne Ultimatum from Universal, the third film in the Bourne franchise which will once again star Matt Damon. This one finds Bourne on the run (what a surprise), hoping to solve the mystery of his past, with Strathairn playing the leader of a secret operation which is hunting down our hero. Paul Greengrass, director of United 93, will helm.
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