Master of suspense, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, was unable to attend the premiere last weekend at the Berlinale, but the film is among 20 contenders for the festival's prestigious Golden Bear award. It's received rave reviews and an enthusiastic response.
The political thriller stars Ewan McGregor (Angels & Demons, The Men Who Stare at Goats), Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia!, Die Another Day), Kim Cattral (Sex & the City), Olivia Williams (An Education), and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, Duplicity).
It follows the story of a ghostwriter who takes on the completion of memoir of a former British prime minister (apparently based on Tony Blair), when he learns the manuscript is in danger of derailing since its previous collaborator died. As the project develops, the writer uncovers secrets that jeopardize the book, the world and his own life.
It is written by Robert Harris, who adapted the story from his novel, The Ghost.
The acclaimed 76-year-old director of The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, and Repulsion, is currently under house arrest in his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, pending extradition to the US for a 1974 indictment he escaped.
The Ghost Writer opens in New York and Los Angeles, Polanski's native Poland, Russia, Germany, and Austria. Select US cities and countries will follow on February 26 and over the next month.