'Parks & Recreation' & 'Moneyball' Star Chris Pratt Looks To 'Kill Bin Laden' For Kathryn Bigelow

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 13, 2011 4:21 PM
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If you haven't tuned in to "Parks & Recreation" yet you are missing one of the best comedies on television right now (and far superior to the overrated "Community," sorry, it's true). The show is poised to give everyone involved a serious career boost (and in some cases it has, with both Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza moving into bigger film roles), but it's the unlikely Chris Pratt who may rise above the rest of his cast. As we noted in our 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011 he shows some impressive range as Scott Hatteberg in "Moneyball," and if everything goes according to plan he may stretching those dramatic chops even further.

Twitch is reporting that Pratt is in talks to take the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's gestating, untitled Seal Team 6 flick (aka "Kill Bin Laden"). Of course, details about the project are under lock and key but as you might guess, it's about the hunt and eventual killing of the terrorist leader, with a section of the film devoted to the firefight that took him out over the summer. Jason Clarke is currently the only confirmed cast member, but a host of names have been tossed around to potentially join including Tom Hardy, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Rooney Mara and Nina Arianda (Carol from "Midnight In Paris").

This would be a tremendous move by Pratt, one that would be a distinct step away from his Bert Macklin/Mouserat duties, but we can definitely see him stepping into the role. Filming on the Mark Boal-scripted project is set to begin in February with a December 19, 2012 release date slated.

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11 Comments

  • Kate | December 13, 2011 9:41 PMReply

    Community is overrated?? Say what?? It breaks my heart that people actually believe that. Community is fun! It's smart and it cares about its audience. I'm not saying Parks and Recreation doesn't, but Community does it a hell of a lot better than most comedies out there now. By the way, 9 million people watched Fear Factor last night. With people swimming in a pool of what looked like blood and chewing on dead fish. I try not to depend on the American viewers to tell me what show is worth watching. Sorry but the sting of indefinite hiatus is still hurting.

  • Sara | December 13, 2011 6:04 PMReply

    How Community can be overrated if doesnt get nominations or awards .
    The Office is getting old,... it's overrated. Glee is overrated too, I couldnt watch this season.

  • Piotr | December 13, 2011 5:25 PMReply

    The difference: Parks & Rec tells stories. Community tells jokes.

  • Nolan | December 13, 2011 5:22 PMReply

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks "Community" is overrated. It's unbearably smug.

  • Fuzzles | March 9, 2013 8:02 AM

    I'm usually the weirdo that has the esoteric taste and/or opinions, but I couldn't agree with you more. Community is smug, trite and manufactured- it's garbage. I'm honestly baffled by the praise that piece of crap show receives.

  • CJ | December 13, 2011 5:18 PMReply

    So many Community fanboys. You'd think the show would be rating better huh?

  • dudeabides | December 13, 2011 4:57 PMReply

    @Mike totally agreed. very uncalled for to put your biased opinion about Community in an article that has nothing to do with one of the best shows on tv. just ask Time, TV Guide, Newsweek, any critic, or person who likes inventive comedy. not to say P&R is bad, its actually awesome

  • bunty | December 13, 2011 5:03 PM

    Don't be so sensitive. I'd rather the writers gave their opinions on things than simply copy and paste press releases. How is he "biased"? He just thinks Community is overrated. That's a perfectly fine opinion for someone to hold. Get over it.

  • Mike | December 13, 2011 4:39 PMReply

    No way in hell is Parks & Rec better than the much more inventive, and heartfelt Community (P&R is great in its wheelhouse, but that is narrow and always sticking with the same beats for each of its characters), and no way in hell was that aside necessary in this article. Call it superior to one of the actually overrated shows on ABC or CBS, cult shows on NBC like these two could never be called "over-rated" both are only loved amongst the film/music nerds on the internet & their fanbases are fairly intertwined. All that said, good for Pratt, half the time I was watching Moneyball I was trying to decide whether or not it was Andy from Parks & Rec because of how thin he was and obviously reined in the performance was, I'd go back & forth between thinking it was him, a doppelganger or a relative, before finally settling on it being him.

  • KT | December 13, 2011 4:32 PMReply

    I saw two back-to-back episodes of "Parks & Recreation" once and I laughed twice... both times during the commercial breaks.

    Reaching.

  • jmp | December 13, 2011 4:29 PMReply

    Cmon, Playlist, Chris Pratt was good on Everwood & Wanted , and he is solid on Parks & Recreation. But was only decent in Moneyball- not great ( in fact all the performances in that film was okay- not Oscar -worthy ). Please, stop hyping Chris.

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