It looks like director Kathryn Bigelow may have finally found the lead for her untitled drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden (formerly titled Kill Bin Laden). Joel Edgerton was previously set to topline, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out and now Twitch reports that Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt is in talks to take the lead role. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (who also wrote Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker) retooled the project after Bin Laden was finally killed, and now it looks like they’re getting around to firming up the cast. The only other confirmed actor is Jason Clarke (The Chicago Code), but a number of performers have been rumored as possibilities for supporting roles (Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Jennifer Ehle, and Guy Pearce to name a few).
Pratt is a peculiar choice as he’s not necessarily known for dramatic roles, but I’m interested to see what the role calls for. He plays lovable schlub Andy on NBC’s stellar comedy Parks and Recreation, and had a fine supporting role in this summer’s Moneyball. Bigelow’s drama is set to go in front of cameras in February, and is slated to open December 19th, 2012.