We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Multifaceted writer/director/actor Mark Duplass has been added to the already-in-production drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
- Rapper T.I. joins Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Identity Theft.
- Bobby Cannavale has been added to the cast of Woody Allen’s untitled next film.
Hit the jump for more details on each casting addition.
A few casting updates, hot off the press:
- The Hunger Games competitor Isabelle Fuhrman will star in David Gordon Green‘s Suspiria remake
- Oliver Cooper will follow up Project X, his feature debut, with a role opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner Runner
- Frank Grillo will re-team with his Warrior co-star Joel Edgerton on the SEAL team that hunted down in Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled drama
Hit the jump for details on each project.
One of the more interesting projects set to be released this year is director Kathryn Bigelow’s heretofore-untitled follow-up to her Best Picture and Best Director winning 2008 film The Hurt Locker. The new project centers on the Navy SEAL team who hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden, and now Deadline reports that the pic has a working title of Zero Dark Thirty. The title is a military term for a very early starting time, so we’ll presumably be seeing some sleepy SEALs. The stellar ensemble cast includes Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chanler, Harold Perrineau, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and Edgar Ramirez, and production recently began in India. However, they didn’t exactly get off to a smooth start. Hit the jump for news concerning the production’s less-than-warm welcome in India.
The growing cast linked to Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled thriller (formerly Kill Bin Laden) is essentially a list of our favorite character actors of the last few years: Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Edgar Ramirez. EW adds another pair of names in Jennifer Ehle and Nash Edgerton. Ehle has been on the rumored list for some time, but the report places her on the team that tracks down Osama Bin Laden. As you may have guessed, Nash Edgerton is Joel’s brother. He has done stunts for everything from the Star Wars prequels to last year’s Beginners (he and Ewan McGregor are twins from behind), but his role as a Navy SEAL in this project is part of a diverse filmmaking portfolio. Nash has written, directed, and starred in a number of shorts, plus the feature The Square.
Hit the jump for more on the project.
It appears that life post-Friday Night Lights is treating Emmy Award-winning actor Kyle Chandler well. He recently wrapped Ben Affleck’s 1970s hostage film Argo, he’s set to star opposite Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg in the political thriller Broken City, and now he’s poised to join Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. Deadline reports that Chandler has joined the fantastic ensemble for Bigelow’s untitled drama (formerly Kill Bin Laden) about the Navy SEAL team who hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden. Chandler will be playing a CIA agent in the pic, which boasts an impressive cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and Edgar Ramirez.
Production on the Mark Boal-scripted untitled drama should be getting underway soon, as the pic is set for release this December. The film was already in development before the assassination of Bin Laden, and Bigelow and Boal quickly reworked the ending of the script to reflect the real life event. The two have been hard at work on the project for a while now, and I’m eager to see what the full story entails. In addition to this film, Chandler also has the possible Friday Night Lights movie on the horizon.
Joel Edgerton is in, again. After having been previously reported as the star of Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) untitled hunt for Osama Bin Laden drama, the Warrior star was forced to withdraw from consideration after scheduling issues with the 300 prequel looked to prevent him from toplining the project. Now Variety reports that Edgerton has officially signed on to star in the pic, which centers on the Navy Seal team that tracked and eventually killed Bin Laden. We recently reported that Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) was in talks to topline the drama, but Variety’s new report makes no mention of the actor. It’s possible he was the second choice to Edgerton, and now that Edgerton’s scheduling issues have been cleared up (he passed on the 300 prequel) Pratt is out.
The script was written by Bigelow’s Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, and the only other actor officially signed on is Jason Clarke. Rooney Mara had been eyed to play a female reporter embedded with the Seal team, but her Girl with the Dragon Tattoo promotion schedule prevented her from joining the pic. Edgerton is currently filming The Great Gatsby. The untitled film (previously titled Kill Bin Laden) opens December 19th, 2012. [Update: Deadline reports that in addition to Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) have joined the stellar ensemble. They also include Pratt in the cast listing, so it looks like he's still on the project after all.]
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.
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.
As late as this past September, it looked like Joel Edgerton would star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s hunt for Osama Bin Laden film (tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden). However, Deadline is now reporting Edgerton’s The Great Gatsby co-star Jason Clarke (The Chicago Code) is “the first actor set” for the movie, and makes no mention of his fellow Australian actor. I’m not exactly sure what happened to Edgerton, but maybe the start date for Bin Laden getting pushed back caused a scheduling conflict (Edgerton began talks to star in the 300 sequel last week). But I have no problem with Clarke, who will reportedly play “a terrorist hunter in service of the U.S. efforts to hunt Bin Laden.”
Deadline also reports that Bigelow is also looking at 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) as possible co-stars. That’s a whole lot of talent, and it’s not surprising that Bigelow can put together a high-caliber cast after the success of The Hurt Locker. Production on Kill Bin Laden (written by Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal) is set to begin early next year.
The October 28 release date of Anonymous is fast approaching, but Sony is making a last-minute change in the distribution plan. Pre-release surveys predict a weak opening weekend (under $5 million) if Anonymous were thrust into the unforgiving expectations of a wide release. Instead, per Company Town, Sony will scale back the open the film in just 250 theaters rather than thousands. Anonymous came out of Toronto with surprisingly positive early reviews for a Roland Emmerich picture. Sony distribution president Rory Bruer explained the plan: “We love the picture and think it’s going to get great word of mouth. We’re committed to expanding it until it plays wide.” The Shakespearean tale at the center of Anonymous could play well in the arthouses—I am very curious to see how the platform plays out.
Hit the jump for details on the postponement of Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden movie and the move of the Kevin James MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom.
We previously reported that Sony Pictures would release release Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden (rumored title)/SEAL Team 6 film on in late 2012. Deadline is now reporting that the exact release date is October 12, 2012. To the surprise of no one, that’s in the heart of awards season. An early October date worked out well for Sony last year they released The Social Network. The movie, which stars Joel Edgerton, was already in the works before Bin Laden was killed earlier this year. Screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) rewrote the third act to reflect the updated history and the ending is reportedly more “satisfying” now (although I would prefer an ambiguous ending in a movie to one that provides satisfying closure).
Currently no other film holds the October 12, 2012 release date but that will undoubtedly change in the months ahead.
Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic rights to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s (The Hurt Locker) next movie, which has the working title Kill Bin Laden. The press release says, “the film focuses on the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, which culminated in his death earlier this month during a high-stakes raid on his compound in Pakistan. Bigelow and Boal have been developing the project since 2008 and plan to incorporate recent events into the film.”
We knew the project was moving forward because Joel Edgerton was recently cast as one of the special operatives. However, the press release says they’re going to start filming this summer and it’ll be released in late 2012. As one of the many who thought The Hurt Locker was a brilliant movie that not enough people got to see, I’m happy that Bigelow and Boal’s next release will be everywhere. Hit the jump for the full press release which has some quotes.
The suddenly timely thriller known by the working title Kill Bin Laden has found its first killer. After director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, spent recent days courting Joel Edgerton for the lead role, 24 Frames confirms the Australian actor has signed on to star. Sources indicate Edgerton will play a special operative, part of an ensemble of male commandos at the center of an mission to kill Bin Laden shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Initially the mission depicted was unsuccessful, but following the events of Sunday night, Boal reworked the script to end the movie with a 40-minute firefight that ends with Bin Laden shot in the head. Kill Bin Laden could shoot as early as this summer.
The martial male leads of the Hurt Locker male (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty) were top notch — I’m excited to see who Bigelow and Boal get to surround Edgerton, a teriffic machismo centerpiece. The filmmakers are the first to succeed in a recent flurry of inquiries to Edgerton’s agent for a series of high-profile projects. Universal considered Edgerton for both The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman. Jeremy Renner eventually landed Bourne, and Edgerton passed Snow White on to Chris Hemsworth, the new top contender to play the huntsman. 24 Frames suggests Edgerton was shortlisted for one of the lead roles in The Hunger Games, which is the first I’ve heard of it. Hit the jump for a look at what role Lionsgate might want him for.
First off, a little perspective: I am aware that the extent to which the long-awaited death of Osama Bin Laden affects movies is miniscule compared to the closure and sense of justice that death provides to those affected by Al-Qaeda’s terrorism. If a sense of closure for families that lost someone on 9/11 is a “10″, then news about a Bin Laden movie is about 0.0001. But we’re a movie news site and the death of this hated piece of shit has affected various movies in production, most notably, Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden.
As we’ve previously reported Bigelow and Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal want to do a smaller movie before moving on to the international drug crime drama, Triple Frontier. In January, we reported that the indie thriller was about the hunt for Bin Laden, but then Variety updated their story to say the film had nothing to do with Bin Laden. What could have led them to originally think that it did? Apparently the script is called “Kill Bin Laden”. And it actually does have something to do with the recent Al-Qaeda corpse. Hit the jump for more.