When breaking news hit in April that Osama Bin Laden was killed, there was no group that was happier than Americans. So what happens when there’s a pinnacle point of American history? A movie is made!
Going back a bit, The Hurt Locker gave a realistic look at the gritty horrors of war and became a critically acclaimed work of film, even earning the Oscar for Best Picture, so naturally the director, Kathryn Bigelow, would definitely be a front runner to direct the real life triumph for the United States military.
Well the confirmation that Bigelow would direct has been set in stone for a while now and even the title, Kill Bin Laden (They definitely went for a subtle approach) was announced a few months ago. With that being said, the cast is far from confirmed, with stars like Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Joel Edgerton, and Guy Pierce still being rumored to join the film. In fact, the only confirmed actor is Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby).
Now according to Twitch, the current actor in talks to join Bigelow’s Navy SEAL picture, is Chris Pratt. Pratt is probably mostly known for his role in the comedy television series Parks and Recreation, so to most, his addition to a serious war picture, revolving around a real life event no less, may seem odd. But Pratt has had some more dramatic roles, and his most recent one in this year’s Moneyball shows that he’s more than capable of human drama.
Bigelow, along with writer Mark Boal, are anticipating to get production started by February, with a December 2012 release date. This is definitely one of my more anticipated films, not really because of its subject matter but because of a return for Bigelow to the modern war genre, which honestly consisted of a few lackluster films until The Hurt Locker completely blew it out of the water.
With that being said, I’m glad Bigelow is still going for a lesser-known cast because last time she did that, it completely jump started Jeremy Renner’s career into what it is today. But honestly, I’d love to see the likes of Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton join the cast to provide a sense of familiarity. We’ll just have to wait and see as more announcements start rolling in before the supposed February production start date. Until then, make sure to keep an eye out for this one!