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Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Casts Little Known Israeli Actor Yoav Levy As Bin Laden's Third In Command

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 10:21 AM
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While lensing on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reunion for the newly-titled "Zero Dark Thirty" has already began, the duo look to be casting on-the-fly with little known Israeli theater actor Yoav Levy now joining the project as Osama Bin Laden's reported third-in-command, Abu Faraj al-Libi.

'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:46 AM
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On the back of an offer out to Joel Kinnanman to take on the titular role in Jose Padhida's "Robocop" reboot, it looks like another acting protege of young Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa is making waves in Hollywood. After featuring in both "Snabba Cash" films and "Safe House," the memorably named Fares Fares has now been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming Osama Bin Laden flick formerly known as "Kill Bin Laden."

Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Seal 6 Film Is Not A Nefarious Plot To Get President Obama Re-Elected

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 11, 2011 1:39 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Refute Charges Made Against ThemKathryn Bigelow's upcoming project about the takedown of Osama bin Laden has been the subject of much speculation. Originally set to be based on a true story about an unspecified military black ops mission, the film was shaken up by the surprise news of Osama bin Laden's death this spring, with reports quickly following that the Bigelow film would include the 40-minute firefight that killed bin Laden, with screenwriter Mark Boal -- a former investigative journalist -- using his research and resources to build out that portion of the film. And apparently, his sourcing is making folks in high places uncomfortable.

Topical! Joel Edgerton Will Try To 'Kill Bin Laden,' If Kathryn Bigelow Gets Her Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 12:59 PM
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But Will The Events Of Last Night Scupper The Project?Update: Variety reports that the Bigelow/Boal team will now include the 40-minute firefight that killed Osama Bin Laden. Boal, a former investigative reporter, continues to research and uses his resources to build the script, but casting is apparently gearing up with a summer shoot being eyed. And with Bin Laden's death now factoring into the story, financing will apparently come together much more easily.

'The Hurt Locker' Scribe Mark Boal To Produce, Possibly Write Julian Assange Picture

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 2:19 AM
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Paul Greengrass Circling Other Julian Assange Pic In Development Based On His Forthcoming MemoirUpdate: Deadline reveals that Paul Greengrass "might [be]come attached" to a film that is being developed based on a forthcoming memoir from the Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
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Kathryn Bigelow's Black Ops Thriller Gets Financing, Starts Shooting This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 2:05 AM
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When you're a writing and directing duo coming off an Oscar win, things move quickly for you as Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow are proving today. Shortly after reports this morning suggested their newest untitled and under wraps project was going to be about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and be taken out for international sales, reps for the writer quickly put the kibosh on those reports and now we know why.
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Updated: Kathryn Bigelow To Hunt Osama Bin Laden In Her Black Ops Thriller? Nope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 5:37 AM
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Updated: Reps for Mark Boal have told The Playlist that the plot details regarding Osama Bin Laden are untrue and IM Global does not have worldwide rights to the film.
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Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Eyeing Low-Budget Black Ops Thriller To Precede 'Triple Frontier'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 1:54 AM
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Drug Parable Now Set To Shoot Fall Of 2011, Johnny Depp To Star?Acclaimed and award-winning writing-directing duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have pushed back production plans for their sprawling "Traffic"-esque drug parable "Triple Frontier" -- also known as "Sleeping Dogs" -- and are currently shopping a mysterious low-budget international thriller which they hope to tackle next.

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