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Joel Edgerton Locked For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'; Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez & Mark Strong Also Join

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 5, 2012 5:51 PM
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Joel Edgerton Locked For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden' But Rooney Mara Out Of Contention

Update: Deadline reports that Kathryn Bigelow's film has just juiced up, adding Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez and Mark Strong to the cast. Damn. And oh yeah, remember the accusations last year that Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were leaked classified documents so they could help write the screenplay in some elaborate scheme to get Barack Obama re-elected? Well, the Pentagon will now waste everyone's time and money and launch an official investigation into those rumors according to the LA Times.

Well, here's a piece of good news. Attached way back last spring for Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming untitled Seal Team 6 movie (aka "Kill Bin Laden"), we began to get worried about Joel Edgerton's involvement when the project began further casting this fall -- adding Jason Clarke and Chris Pratt -- and his name remained conspicuously absent. Well, whatever hesitation there was on either side (it appears Edgerton's flirtation with "300: Battle Of Artemisia" made things uncertain, as it would be shooting at roughly the same time) has been cleared, as Variety reports he's locked and loaded for the film.

With production set to begin next month for a December release, we expect we'll be hearing a lot more casting in the next few weeks, but one name that won't be considered any further is Rooney Mara. The actress was tipped for a role this fall along with a handful of other actors -- Tom Hardy, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Nina Arianda (Carol from "Midnight In Paris") -- but her extensive press rounds for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (which are still ongoing) have kept her from taking the role.

Penned by Mark Boal, the film was initially set to be about the search for Osama Bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains in 2001, but the script had to be changed considerably once he was found and killed this summer. "I had signed on to do the project when the initial script was almost done. I knew what it was about and then Bin Laden was killed and then the whole thing was kind of like a house of cards, it had to be kind of knocked over and rebuilt," Edgerton told us in August. "The attempt to kill Bin laden in the Tora Bora mountains in 2001 was no longer as relevant a story as what had just happened, but then what had just happened was so fresh and as we all know, history often needs time and perspective to kind of settle in everybody’s minds, you can’t just go and start shooting the movie in the next month and assume that you’re going to get everything right and have all of the information. So the project was put on hold for a while while Mark and Kathryn kind of gathered information..."

Kathryn Bigelow's film will hit theaters on December 19th.

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  • cirkusfolk | January 5, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    So glad to hear this. U all had me worried when u stopped mentioning his name recently. Now if only Tom Hardy can land a decent sized role we could have a Warrior reunion!

  • Rando | January 5, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    Jeremy Renner wasn't a box office draw for HURT LOCKER, but he was swell. Expect the same for Edgerton. Ramirez in CARLOS, Chastain in TREE/SHELTER, and Strong in TINKER TAILOR leave little doubt that this'll be one of the best casts of 2012. Bigelow's casting ability is among the best out there. Up there with Fincher and Dominik.

  • padre | January 5, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    Did the Playlist throw up 500 posts in the last 3 days, or does it merely seem like it? Damn. So much to comment on, so little time. Ah, forget it.

  • Christian | January 5, 2012 6:27 PMReply

    Thank God! Joel Edgerton is a terrific actor. Too bad Warrior went unnoticed. He was amazing in Animal Kingdom as well. Very underrated actor.

  • Imma let you talk... | January 5, 2012 6:17 PMReply

    I think Rashida Jones and Charlize Theron should be in contention... idk why but they seem like good fits for this kind of film. Jones has proven she can do both comedy and drama. As for Theron, well duh... she's just brilliant. I guess they aren't looking for big movie stars though so probably Jones is the best fit.

  • a | January 5, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    Why would you be "worried" about Joel Edgerton being involved? I'm more worried they are going with the guy from flops like Warrior and The Thing who is basically a Sam Worthington close. Not to mention The Odd Life of Timothy Green and The Great Gatsby 3D both look to be pretty big disasters.

    His got an amazing agent for getting him "buzz" but this guy is beyond unimpressive.

  • Liz | January 11, 2012 7:36 PM

    Thank you for your concern, Padre. Your comments are so full of crap, they are borderline poetic. I am not kidding, as you should seek some sort of career in the entertainment industry.

  • Jess | January 8, 2012 12:04 AM

    Oh, @padre and @liz, just kiss already.

  • padre | January 7, 2012 1:44 AM

    It is unfortunate you saw that comment through a prism of sarcasm or took it as humor at your expense. It was completely sincere. I don't enjoy seeing you so bitter Liz. Fandom shouldn't be inspiring such pain in you, only joy. I think there is a danger in constantly searching out the negative, even if it is the just cause of "defending my idol from this negativity". You swim in it long enough and it poisons you and destroys the joy you should be having in your fan experience. So, I don't scour the web looking for slights against imminent superstar Hemsworth The Greater (not Miley's boyfriend). Because what would be the point? To bring yourself misery? Anger? Bitterness? This is a course of action that has no good end Liz. I'll stop responding to you, since it just making you more furious, and that wasn't my intent. But I hope you rethink the idea of "web searching the negative on my idol, so that I can attack his attackers", because I don't think posting here on Playlist the last few days has made you happier.

  • Liz | January 7, 2012 1:11 AM

    You know, Padre, my fandom may have left me bitter and full of rage, but the fact that you keep coming back worries me a little. I guess you live an unfulfilled life, huh? Worry not, though, because if you brush up on your material, you may have another shot at your failed comedy career.

  • padre | January 7, 2012 12:44 AM

    I could say that I hung around this thread to enjoy watching you, Liz, "continue to make a fool of yourself", but that would be false. Because I don't enjoy seeing dogged torment in any fan. This is the dark side of fanlove, when it isn't fun anymore for the fan, only dark and bitter, and obsessively consuming in ways that seem damaging to the fan. Fanlove can be and should be a source of supreme delight. Handled well, it can bring so many good things into your life: reveling in the object of your fandom, bonding with people of like tastes, humor and joy, and discovering yet more related things to be a fan of. Handled poorly, fan-mania will poison peoples' lives, rob them of joy, and leave them raging ghosts of the fan they used to be, full of bitterness in trudging through something that is meant to bring them happiness. I don't enjoy seeing you so full of rage Liz, scouring the internet for any negative mention of your idol, so that you can unleash bile on the transgressor. It makes me genuinely sad, because fandom should be making you happy and it seems to be inspiring the opposite in you. And I leave you with the sincere wish that one day you find yourself back in the brightside of fandom where it is making you happy instead of so bitter.

  • Liz | January 6, 2012 5:09 PM

    Except I owned up to my own actions. Click on his tab and you can see my other comments on some of his other articles. Quite frankly, I don't care if you don't hold me with such high esteem. You never had the opportunity to be respected in my eyes to begin, so why should I care about your useless and asinine comments? Actually, why the hell are you even commenting on this article to begin with? You have said nothing of relevance. So why don't you, Padre/A, tuck your tail in between your legs and leave quietly before you continue to make a fool of yourself.

  • padre | January 5, 2012 10:38 PM

    Pathetic is not owning up to your puppetry, now that you've been called out on it. I would man up and admit if I was Mr A. I enjoyed his awesome takedown. Thank you for comparing me to him. However, any potential esteem I could have had for you is gone. You would have earned major points from me for admitting the truth. I am a big supporter of rabid fandom and extremely forgiving the excesses of fans. No such thing as too much fan-love! Nor any extreme too extreme in expressing it! But I can't forgive acting like everyone else is stupid and can't recognize your posts. In the future, commit to your puppet roles! You could have earned major respect points, if you had just owned up, but you blew the opportunity.

  • Liz | January 5, 2012 9:17 PM

    @Padre. I am a big Joel Edgerton fan and did go on a big spree of defending him on on other Playlist articles, but I posted under my own name, so therefore can't be the other people who said positive things about him. That being said, we all know you are A and that you basically congratulated your own comment, lol. That is pretty pathetic. That bland pasty-faced Worthington clone is getting some good roles, so deal with it. You must be paid by Sam Worthington's people as it is obvious he isn't getting any good roles lately.

  • padre | January 5, 2012 7:58 PM

    Yes, Liz/Christian/TT/future aliases, we get it. Bland pasty-faced Worthington-clone is your idol. Can you get off Mr A's dick now? Or at least post in a more amusing fashion? Observe the wonderful RPatz fans. And stick to one damn name? Sorry to be blunt, but the fan-squee under different aliases is irritating, and I'm hungry. Now, in the usual I adore and delight in fan squee, don't get me wrong. Not going to rain on any fan parades. But nothing is quite so irritating as using multiple aliases to conduct fan squee. Just be confident enough in your own opinions to not try to falsely bolster them with fake puppets. Or just get better at puppetry. Put some time distance between your comments. Write in broken language sometimes. Use different computers and browsers. Pretend you are from some exotic, mysterious place, like Latvia. Then post, "Joel Edgerton is the biggest star in Latvia and thus a huge international draw! Ignorant American, maybe they don't care for him in your pitiful country, but you aren't the world! So there!" Mix it up. If you are going to post in the same thread or site, using different aliases, then you must be like a method actor, and really commit yourself to your roles. Be the 13 yo fangirl and the 40 yo banker! Throw yourself into it!

  • TT | January 5, 2012 6:48 PM

    I caught Edgerton playing Stanley Kowalski in the Sydney Theatre Production of a Streetcar Name Desire, opposite Cate Blanchett. I was so happy to score tickets because I am such a big fan of Cate and went in not knowing who Edgerton was other than maybe from some past TV work. I left beyond impressed. His "buzz" is the result of his talent and the fact that he is pretty respected within the industry. He's struggled to get roles because he isn't a box office draw, but has often been the first choice for a lot directors over the cookie cutter actors who usually get them. I'm glad he's finally getting recognition and one less ticket from A means jack squat.

  • padre | January 5, 2012 6:30 PM

    Oh SNAP! Mr A, I can feel the burn from here. Good job.

  • Liz | January 5, 2012 6:29 PM

    You sound like someone who has never seen him act, just saw his name mentioned in a few films. He is a wonderful actor who is always willing to pick different and unique roles and has never been typecast. Warrior may have flopped financially, but it was a critical success and is making a splash again now that it is out on DVD. He, along with Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte, was impressive in that film. Sam Worthington clone? Sam wishes he was half the actor Joel is. Also, Joel can at least do accents, unlike Worthington who cannot even speak proper English without mumbling.

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