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Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 6, 2012 at 1:27PM

Take a look at the teaser for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the folllow-up to her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker." The film, written by "Locker" scribe Mark Boal, follows the Navy SEAL Team Six that tracks down and kills terrorist Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Stars include Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton and Ricky Sekhon (as bin Laden).
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Take a look at the teaser for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the folllow-up to her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker." The film, written by "Locker" scribe Mark Boal, follows the Navy SEAL Team Six that tracks down and kills terrorist Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Stars include Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton and Ricky Sekhon (as bin Laden).

Here's more background on the film, for which Bigelow and Boal were able to interview top CIA officials. "Zero Dark Thirty," which may not be the final title, hits theaters December 19, after the presidential election but just in time to be front and center in the Oscar race.

Boal tells EW “There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” adding that “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.” You can check out EW's complete profile of the film here. Boal says, "I hope the film will portray this story in a way that people find surprising and believable, and moving. And I do think it’s moving, emotionally. It’s not a documentary. It’s a movie.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.