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Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie and Laura Dern will star in John Lee Hancock’s MONSANTO

Director John Lee Hancock (The blind side, the founder, the rescue of Mr. Banks) is developing a new film project titled Monsanto and the cast includes Glen Powell, Anthony MackieAND Laura Dern.

Monsanto tells the true story of “young and inexperienced lawyer Brent Wisner (Powell) who takes on a seemingly insurmountable case against the US chemical giant Monsanto on behalf of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson (Mackie) who used Monsanto’s best-known product Roundup, a Highly financially successful pesticide and weed killer, as part of his job as a high school gardener.

“During the trial, Dr. Melinda Rogers (Dern), the principal toxicologist for the Monsanto Company, testifies with certainty that Roundup is safe.”

I was wondering when Hollywood would decide to make a movie about Monsanto and they recruited a great team of talent to tell this particular story.

Powell said in a statement: “I have always been fascinated by true stories of ordinary people against extraordinary odds. This story encapsulates that spirit with a critical question that affects us all. And it is a privilege to present it to the public with an exceptional director and a powerful cast.”

Dern added: “I have loved my collaborations with John Lee and can’t wait to work with him again. There couldn’t be a more vital story to be a part of.”

Hancock shared: “I was drawn to this true contemporary story of David versus Goliath because I found it dramatic, moving, quite funny and critically important in today’s world. My ambitions are to deliver an intelligent, thoughtful and commercial legal drama that takes audiences on a human journey.”

Producer Adam McKay said: “These days, stories about ‘little guys’ taking on huge institutions seem few and far between. Both in real life and on the big screen. So when a compelling and thought-provoking story like this lands on our desks, we get excited. Why? Because people love and need these films.

“They always have and always will. Erin Brockovich, Silkwood, It’s a wonderful life, Reflector, 12 angry men, Moneyball, Norma Rae… I legitimately think I can list 200 beloved, highly successful films about real people standing against overwhelming odds with only fairness and truth on their side. So, let’s do number 201.”

The film’s screenplay was developed in collaboration with Karl Spoerri’s Zurich Avenue and written by Michael Wisner, Alexandra Duparc, Ned Benson and Hancock.

Source: deadline

by Joey Paur
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