Watergate thriller Felt adds Maika Monroe

Maika Monroe

by James White |
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There was a brief flurry of casting on Watergate thriller Felt last month, but we haven’t heard much about it until today, with Variety’s report that It Follows star Maika Monroe has won a role alongside Liam Neeson, Diane Lane and Jason Bateman.

The new drama, set in the 1970s, explores the experiences of special agent Mark Felt, the man who eventually revealed himself to be the mysterious source who helped Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (the duo chronicled in 1976’s All The President’s Men) investigate and eventually expose the dodgy goings on, with what they dug up eventually leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Neeson is playing Felt, with Lane as his wife Audrey and Bateman as FBI Agent Charlie Bates, who works closely with Felt and, when he learns that his boss is leaking classified information, must decide whether to protect him or report him. There is no information yet what role Monroe will be taking, but we do know Peter Landesman is on the lookout for more cast and aims to start shooting in March.

Monroe enjoyed a big break with the David Robert Mitchell horror last year (even if the UK had to wait until this February to see it). Since then, she’s been landing big films all over the place, including alien invasion thriller The 5th Wave (due January 22) and, er, alien re-invasion pic Independence Day: Resurgence, which lands on June 24. She’s currently at work on The Scent Of Rain And Lightning and is due to shoot The Tribes Of Palos Verdes soon, neither of which we assume feature alien invasions, but it’s not too late to find room for one…

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