More details have emerged about Ricky Gervais' forthcoming Netflix project Special Correspondents, with the news that Kelly MacDonald, best known as the character Margaret in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire', will be taking a lead role in the satirical comedy, TheWrap has heard.

Kelly Macdonald at the 21st Annual SAG AwardsKelly Macdonald will star with Eric Bana in Special Correspondents

The film, which is written and directed by Gervais, will star Eric Bana as Frank, an arrogant New York radio journalist whose decadent lifestyle hasn't exactly complemented his career. With his job on the line, he goes to the extreme lengths of fabricating front-line war reports from the comfort of his own Manhattan home.

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New cast addition Kelly Macdonald plays Claire Makepeace, a colleague of Bana's at the radio station, where she has been harbouring a crush on Finch, who will be played by the 'Office' creator. When Frank and Finch go missing, she becomes the face of the station in the press.

Talking about the deal to bring the film exclusively to Netflix, Gervais said, "Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It's great to be part of the changing future. Ted Sarandos is the new Godfather of entertainment and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse."

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Special Correspondents also stars Benjamin Bratt ('24: Live Another Day') as Bana's TV anchor nemesis. A satire of the social media-focused modern news culture, the film is expected to debut on Netflix next year, and spokeswoman Karen Barragan has confirmed it will not have a theatrical release.