Monday, April 28, 2008

Spielberg to Direct Lockerbie Bombing Movie

Legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg will direct a movie regarding the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am 103 over the town of Lockerbie in Scotland. The movie is an adaptation of the book Flight 103 written by former Israeli officer and MOSSAD agent Juval Aviv.
For several months, it has been rumored that Harrison Ford would play the central role of a retired Israeli agent, Sam Woolfman, who discovers that Tehran ordered the destruction of Pan Am 103. "Harrison has already played a similar character in 'Patriot Games' where he was Jack Ryan, a CIA agent who becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot," a Hollywood insider pointed out. It now appears that Spielberg has narrowed his choice for the job to two Scottish actors: Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy. The novel alleges that Tehran contracted a Palestinian terror group to carry the bombing and suggests that the CIA turned a blind eye on the plot because on the plane were US intelligence agents returning to the US from Lebanon to denounce a secret drugs-for-hostages deal between Washington and Tehran. Woolfman, and his glamorous young Irish assistant Orla Sheehy, received his first clue of the conspiracy when he discovered that US diplomats around the world had been told to cancel their reservations on Pan Am 103. Read full story

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