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|George Clooney (‘ER’, Ocean’s Eleven, The Perfect Storm)
Clooney plays Bob Barnes, a former CIA agent who worked in the Middle East. Clooney reportedly packed on more than 30lbs and grew a beard to appear more like Baer in the film. Casting Note: Clooney and Damon are frequent on-screen partners having previously teamed up in Ocean’s Eleven and the upcoming sequel Ocean’s Twelve.
|Chris Cooper (Adaptation, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity)
Cooper plays Jimmy Pope, owner of a Texas oil company. Casting Note: Cooper annd Damon worked together in The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy.
|Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Ocean’s Eleven, The Bourne Identity)
Damon plays Bryan Woodman, an energy analyst with radical ideas about oil and the Middle East. Casting Note: Clooney and Damon are frequent on-screen partners having previously teamed up in Ocean’s Eleven and the upcoming sequel Ocean’s Twelve.
|William Hurt (Broadcast News, A History of Violence)
Hurt plays Stan Goff, a retired CIA agent and longtime associate of Bob Barnes.
|Akbar Kurtha (The Bill, Beneath the Skin)
Kurtha is Prince Meshal Al-Subaai, Nasir’s younger brother and second in line to the throne.
|Max Minghella (Bee Season, Art School Confidential)
Minghella plays Robby Barnes, Bob Barnes’ son.
|Mazhar Munir (The Bill, Mile High, Doctors)
Munir is Wasim, a young migrant worker from Pakistan trying to find work in the oil fields of Prince Nasir’s country. Casting Note: Although he has appeared on several British television series, this marks Munir’s film debut.
|Amanda Peet (The Whole Nine Yards, Something’s Gotta Give)
Peet plays Julie Woodman, the wife of Damon’s character, Bryan Woodman.
|Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind)
Plummer is Dean Whiting, the head of the law firm that Bennett Holiday works for and knee-deep in an oil merger.
|Alexander Siddig (Vertical Limit, Spooks, Kingdom of Heaven)
Sid plays Prince Nasir Al-Subaai, a reform-minded Gulf Prince, next in line to become the Emir of his country.
|Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America, Broken Flowers)
Wright is Bennett Holiday, a lawyer investigating an oil merger that takes a potentially dangerous turn.
Filming has wrapped as of December 2004. Locations included Texas, Maryland, Casablanca, Geneva and Dubai.
ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
>WBUR (an NPR station in Boston) has an audio interview with Sid mostly talking about Syriana but also touching on Star Trek and on Sid’s uncle, the former prime minister of Sudan. The interview aired December 20, 2005.
Here & Now with Alexander Siddig – RealMedia / 4K
>Thanks again to Clooney Network, we have several clips from A&E’s MovieReal available for download. Currently available in Windows Media Player only.
>Thanks to Clooney Network, we have 3 clips from HBO’s First Look.
Windows Media and Quicktime versions are available.
Clip 1 – 3.25MB
Clip 2 – 3.3MB
Clip 3 – 3.1MB
Clip 1 – 6.6MB
Clip 2 – 6.3MB
Clip 3 – 6.5MB
>A short clip from CNN.com reviews the film and features a brief interview with Sid at the junket on November 20 in New York City:
CNN.com clip – Windows Media v.10 – 5MB
CNN.com clip – Quicktime – 5MB
>43-minute roundtable discussion (audio only) with Stephen Gaghan, George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Siddig, and Bob Baer held November 21, 2005, in New York City:
Roundtable Discussion – MP3 Format – 25MB
Ebert & Roeper review – Windows Media – 10MB
Entertainment Weekly – December 9, 2005
ComingSoon.net – December 4, 2005