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Netflix Buys Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie and Laura Dern Legal Drama ‘Monsanto’

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Netflix has acquired the legal drama “Monsanto,” a buzzy package from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr.

Banks”) directed the movie, which stars Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie and Laura Dern. “Monsanto” tells the true story of young upstart lawyer Brent Wisner (Powell), who took on the court case against the giant U.S.

chemical company Monsanto on behalf of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson (Mackie). Johnson used the company’s product Roundup, a top-selling weed and grass pesticide killer, as part of his job as a high school groundskeeper.

During the trial, Monsanto Company’s chief toxicologist Dr. Melinda Rogers (Dern), testifies that Roundup is safe. Hancock also wrote the screenplay with Michael Wisner, Alexandra Duparc. “I was drawn to this contemporary David vs.

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