George Clooney to Co-Write, Direct, Star in Film on Murrow-McCarthy Faceoff

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By: E&P Staff

Famed newsman Edward R. Murrow’s battle with Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s will be featured in an upcoming movie directed and co-written by George Clooney.

Clooney will also star as CBS producer Fred Friendly, who collaborated with Murrow on a famous “See It Now” program that exposed McCarthy’s excesses in his anti-Communist hunt and helped bring to an end the Red scare of the period. The film borrows its title from Murrow’s line that ended his programs: “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

David Straithairn will play Murrow. Patricia Clarkson will also star.

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