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Summit Entertainment has some great movies coming out this year, including “The Ghost Writer,” a film about a ghost writer (natch) who’s hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister, but uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Even more intriguing is that the director is Roman Polanski, who’s had his own slew of troubles lately. The crime thriller is set for a Feb. 19, 2010 release date. Check out the official site for “The Ghost Writer.”

Here’s the official storyline straight from Summit: When a successful British ghostwriter agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start — partly because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.

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The ghost writer flies out to work on the project in the dead of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA — a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams), and his personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia (Kim Cattrall).

As the ghost writer works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA — and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was the ghost writer’s predecessor murdered because of the truth he uncovered?

It sounds like just the kind of twisty-turny mystery I love, complete with an all-star cast, including Ewan McGregor, Eli Wallach, Timothy Hutton, Tom Wilkinson and Jim Belushi, who’s probably looking for work now that “According to Jim” has been canceled

Image: TM and © 2009 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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