Naomi Watts to play landmine campaigner

Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:17am EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Naomi Watts is in negotiations to star in "My Name Is Jody Williams," a drama based on the life of the Nobel Prize-winning campaigner against landmines.

Williams, a strong-willed teacher working for a temporary employment agency, left her life in Washington to pursue an unlikely career in global activism. Almost a decade and a half later, in 1997, Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading an international campaign to eradicate landmines.

Brash and somewhat controversial, Williams famously called President Bill Clinton a "weenie" for not signing the land mine ban.

The Universal project will be written and directed by Audrey Wells ("Under the Tuscan Sun").

Watts last starred in the English-language remake of "Funny Games" and "Eastern Promises."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Naomi Watts arrives at a party to introduce The Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower Dubai in New York June 23, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>