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Little Known British Actor Ricky Sekhon To Play Osama Bin Laden In Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist June 15, 2012 at 9:00AM

In case you wondering if we'll see Osama Bin Laden as a character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," this pretty much confirms that we will with little known British actor Ricky Sekhon, who barely even has a presence on IMDB, landing the role of the infamous Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader.
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Sekhon Zero Dark Thirty

In case you wondering if we'll see Osama Bin Laden as a character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," this pretty much confirms that we will with little known British actor Ricky Sekhon, who barely even has a presence on IMDB, landing the role of the infamous Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader.

According to Baz Bamigoye, the actor has already completed his secretive work on the film in the Middle East but, before hand, "did extensive research for his portrayal" and "took the decision to drop two stone [about 26 lbs] to be more in line with bin Laden's 11st 11lb [just under 165 lb] weight." Why is this the first time we're hearing about his casting? Well, apparently, there are a few roles  that have been "kept off the official cast list because of the 'sensitive nature' of the characters."

We have to say looks-wise the casting is pretty spot on and, despite the gravitas surrounding his name and image, it's a blessing for Sekhon that we probably don't know bin Laden well enough for his performance to be put under a microscope. When asked about the role, Sekhon predictably noted that he "had a part in it, but I can't talk about it, as I'm on quite a big non-disclosure agreement."

Production on "Zero Dark Thirty" is heading to London on its way to a December 19th theatrical unveiling with a massive, international ensemble cast including Americans Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Frank Grillo, Harold Perrineau Jr. and Mark Duplass; Australians Joel & Nash Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Callan Mulvey; Brits Mark Strong and Scott Adkins; Swede Fares Fares; as well as Venezuelan Edgar Ramirez.

This article is related to: Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, Ricky Sekhon


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