Sony Pictures has set Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled hunt for Bin Laden drama (unofficially titled Kill Bin Laden) for December 19, 2012. The studio had originally set the film for October 12, 2012, but moved it to make way for Kevin James‘ wacky shenanigans in Here Comes the Boom. It was suspected that movie would come after the 2012 election, and the December release date confirms that expectation. It also keeps the movie in the 2012 awards race. It’s a funny road for a movie that was supposed to be a small and quick indie done before Bigelow and her Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal (who also wrote Kill Bin Laden) moved on to their international crime drama Triple Frontier. However, the successful mission to take down Bin Laden this past May changed Kill Bin Laden‘s ending and significantly raised the movie’s profile.
Last week Jason Clarke (The Chicago Code) signed on to play the lead role, and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), Guy Pearce (who starred in Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker), Idris Elba (Thor), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Nina Arianda (Midnight In Paris) are being considered for supporting roles. Hit the jump for the competition Kill Bin Laden will face on its new date.
According to Box Office Mojo, Kill Bin Laden currently has the December 19, 2012 date all to itself (I’m sure that won’t be the case a year from now). Presuming they keep the same date, Bigelow’s movie will get a two-day jump on the submarine thriller Hunter Killer and Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi.