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Kathryn Bigelow's "Kill Bin Laden" Film Gets Greenlight; Casting Begins

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 25, 2011 5:59 AM
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Columbia Pictures made it all possible by picking up distribution rights to the long-in-development project, which Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal (who also won an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker), have reportedly been working on since 2008, 3 years before the mission that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death.

The yet-to-be-titled film, which will incorporate those recent events into the film, will center on “the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, which culminated in his death earlier this month during a high-stakes raid on his compound in Pakistan.

I expect Bigelow and Boal to infuse the same kind of realism, authenticity and urgency that we all saw in the critically acclaimed Hurt Locker.

With the film expected to be release in 2012, principal photography will begin late summer, but no casting has been announced yet... and, of course, we all wait with anticipation to see what actors/actresses make the cut.

Stay tuned...

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  • Lynn | May 25, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    I agree w/ Reg Why not cast a Arab/Middle Eastern actor for the role? But this is Hollywood they always cast "white" also they want actors who can bring an audience.

  • reg | May 25, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    re: adrian brody as obl. i would like to retract: they BETTER get an arab actor, and probably muslim, if not saudi... if they don't want riots in the middle-east, that is. and, come to think of it, why shouldn't they? there certainly are good arab actors. i can only think of alex siddiq, off-hand (he would be fine, i'm sure), but there are plenty of others.

  • Tamara | May 25, 2011 8:18 AMReply

    I expect Bigelow and Boal to infuse the same kind of realism, authenticity and urgency that we all saw in the critically acclaimed Hurt Locker.

    Definitely interested.

    @Neziah, you are not the only one. I loved Hurt Locker.

    @Jug, good point about folks' expectations...and Black Hawk Down = awesome! LOL

  • Jug | May 25, 2011 8:07 AMReply

    @Reg-LOL Yeah, AVATAR was a gamers wet dream, not a Best picture flick.

  • reg | May 25, 2011 7:52 AMReply

    oh, puh-leez, all those idiots were rooting for "avatar"! my vote for obl: adrian brody.

  • Jug | May 25, 2011 7:38 AMReply

    Neziah you're not the only one. I thought it was a great film. Not necessarily Best Picture, but it was great nonetheless. Character drama masquerading as an action film. Bet that's why people were pissed, thought they were getting BLACK HAWK DOWN and instead got PRINCE OF TIDES LOL

  • Neziah | May 25, 2011 7:26 AMReply

    Nice, I seem to be one of the only people on the internet that actually enjoyed "The Hurt Locker", almost everyone on IMDB badmouths it.

  • Jug | May 25, 2011 6:16 AMReply

    I'm laying money now, Bin Laden will be played by Cliff Curtis

    ...or Robert Pattinson

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