Osama bin Laden Movie Considers Jessica Chastain for Role
Posted 01.06.12 by reelz
It hasn't been a year since Osama bin Laden's death, but director Kathryn Bigelow is working on a project based on the death of the infamous Al-Qaeda leader, and has Jessica Chastain as one of the front runners for a co-starring role. Entertainment Weekly reports that while nothing is set in stone (let alone confirmed or denied), Sony representatives, Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal are all refusing to comment on the details regarding the movie. This may be because without even having a complete cast in order, the movie faces a pressing predicament. The Pentagon’s inspector general issued an investigation to find whether the Defense Department gave unwarranted information about the raid to outside sources — aka filmmakers — and this may just be the beginning of their difficulties. All things considered, the serious content the movie will be facing will require a great amount of research and pre-production coaching for actors. So maybe keeping details under wraps seems is their best bet.
While the role in which Chastain is being considered for has not been revealed, it has been made clear that she will not be portraying one of the SEAL Team 6 members who were involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Instead, she will be considered for a different role that will still require an intense amount of training. This is a considerable change for the actress who just wrapped with a Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie, Mama, and will be making her first Broadway appearance later this year in the adaptation of Henry James’ The Heiress. So far, her schedule for 2012 will be quite diverse and busy.
Bigelow and Boal began work on the bin Laden movie prior to the May 11, 2011 raid, which inevitably took the life of the most notable terrorist, and since then have had much more to add to the story. Sony Pictures aims to release the bin Laden movie on Dec. 19, 2012.