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Joel Edgerton & More Officially Join Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Film

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January 5, 2012
Source: Deadline

Joel Edgerton

The first two cast members for Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden were lesser known, but very talented names in the form of Chris Pratt (Moneyball) and Jason Clarke ("The Chicago Code"), but now a whole slew of actors and actresses are finding their way to the gestating project. Deadline reports that long attached talent Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Animal Kingdom) has officially joined the cast along with Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) and Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum). The script for the film is finally finished and is moving forward.

It's noted that Chastain's likely involvement in this film may very well take her away from her starring in Horizons with Tom Cruise, so we may have some other casting news to report sometime in the near future for that sci-fi film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. It's certainly been a big year for the actress as she starred in no less than four films including Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter and The Debt. Meanwhile, the male talent across the board has risen quickly over the past few years, and it sounds like this is going to be a fantastic ensemble cast to detail the long-lasting hunt for the man who was once America's most wanted terrorist. However, I'm hoping it doesn't become overly patriotic and paints the mission in a more objective light. We'll have to wait and see.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Wow. What a cast. This movie will have a lot riding on it. I am betting the words "most" and "decisive" will appear on the poster.
  • Blurb
    Alex, why wouldn't you want it to be as patriotic as possible? Do you have something against America or the Navy SEALs? This is a fictional film loosely based on reality, not a documentary.
    • peloquin
      The reason why The Hurt Locker was so successful while several other Iraq war films failed all around it was because it showed the lives of soldiers on the ground and depicted them as people rather than pawns in a political game.  For this to be successful it has to be less about America and the reasons we got into so many wars in the Middle East and more about the characters and logistics involved in bounty hunting the most wanted man in the world.
      • Blurb
        That is just Oscar pandering. Audiences want entertainment, not enlightenment.
        • Tester
          I totally agree.. And personally, and somewhat off topic, the movie totally blew regardless of how U looked at it.  How that movie got so much notice and then went on to win an academy is beyond me.
          • peloquin
            I'm part of the audience and I like enlightenment along with entertainment.  I disagree with all war and politics, but I was able to relate to The Hurt Locker because it showed him as a person and not a soldier.  I thought that film was brilliant and deserved the award even though I'm a giant James Cameron fan as well.  I guess this is why film is subjective though.
  • I am looking forward to seeing this fictional film based on fiction, and treat it as such. Anyone who thinks  we actually killed bin laden (who died 10 years ago) back in may is a blithering fool. I am more interested in the seal team 6 members that were killed off after the raid. NOW THAT would make a good movie (and more likely to be based on truth). Why is it that we dont even get a single photo, when these film makers were given "Top Access" to release their film during an election year? With that being said, flame on. I don't care. I would rather have discernment and be thought a fool, than to be a fool and thought wise. Flame on.
    • Tester
      Dammit, I hate off topic discussions, but I can help myself... I just love conspiracy theorists, they are the best at what they do Ok then, can U please show me your picture of a dead Bin Laden of 10 years ago ?
    • This is hilarious. Period.
      • Tester
        That's why I love them so much, nothing but guaranteed top shelf entertainment at no cost to you !!

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