Based on Jonathan Mahler’s book, the film will recount the true story of Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown University law professor Neal Katyal, and their efforts to ensure that Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, received a fair trial. Hamdan was captured in 2001 in Afghanistan while transporting two missiles, and was held at Guantanamo Bay for five years. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 5 1/2 years, but was cleared of the terrorism conspiracy charges.
The Sorkin-scripted drama won’t focus on Hamdan’s guilt or innocence, but will instead follow the efforts of Swift and Katyal to sue the (former) president, arguing that the U.S. government had broken the law and violated the Constitution. While sure to be controversial in some political circles, it’s the perfect dramatic ground for Clooney and Sorkin, who can really do political and legal dramas like no one else.
MTV readers and West Wing fans — are you glad to see these Clooney and Sorkin finally working together?