Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson to star in 9/11 'truther' film
Hollywood assembles cast of conspiracy theorist actors to seek 'truth' behind the 2001 attacks
ACTORS Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner have signed up to a 9/11 'truther' film, September Morn, in which a group of people question the official account of the 2001 terrorist attack and ask whether it was a cover-up.
All three actors have expressed interest previously in the so-called truther movement, which alleges official inconsistencies, complicity and cover-up on 9/11.
According to Deadline, the film will be shot in a single location in the style of Twelve Angry Men. An advance publicity note for September Morn states: "We the people demand that the government revisit and initiates a thorough and independent investigation to the tragic events of 9/11."
Until now, Hollywood has steered clear of claims that the Bush administration, or other elements in the government, might have been behind the 9/11 attacks, in which hijacked passenger planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
But, as The Guardian reports, Sheen has long questioned whether Islamist hijackers single-handedly brought down the Twin Towers, killing 2,605 people. He apparently grew suspicious after his son Charlie Sheen alerted him to apparent contradictions, such as how a structure known as "Building 7" fell.
A number of conspiracy theorists welcomed the announcement on Twitter, insisting that the events have never been convincingly explained.
But the film came in for ridicule from hundreds of Guardian readers commenting on the story. One wrote: "Martin Sheen became suspicious because of something Charlie Sheen said. That right there tells you how reliable the sources are on these conspiracy theories."
One reader asked if John Cleese and Michael Palin had been hired as script writers, while another said: "The mere idea that the US government - or indeed any government - could orchestrate a conspiracy so huge and so public and do it all so completely flawlessly is absolutely ridiculous."
Further details of the film are expected to be revealed at the American Film Market conference in LA next week.