Marie Colvin

Rosamund Pike digs in to play a gritty, real-life journalist in ‘Private War’

Rosamund Pike digs in to play a gritty, real-life journalist in ‘Private War’

While prepping to shoot the Civil War-era “Hostiles,” Rosamund Pike heard that award-winning documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman was taking on a biopic of American war correspondent Marie Colvin. The project, based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin's Private War,” struck Pike immediately. “All I was thinking was, ‘How can I meet Matt Heineman?’ ” the actress says. “And it was another eight months until I met him.”

The pair finally connected at a screening of Heineman’s documentary “City of Ghosts” in Los Angeles and discussed the potential film over breakfast the next day. Pike was adamant that she should portray Colvin, who died while reporting from Syria in...

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