Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was working on a movie reportedly called Kill Bin Laden, but recent developments may throw a wrench in the works.
Bigelow and her screenwriter collaborator, Mark Boal, have met with potential actors already and are in the early production stages. But bin Laden’s death inevitably creates an uncertainty surrounding the indie movie project.
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Deadline reports that the planned plot was “based on an earlier unsuccessful mission to try to kill the Al Qaeda leader responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack on America as he hid in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources indicate that Joel Edgerton will likely land the leading role.
How last night’s events will affect the movie remains unclear, especially because according to indieWire, “most details are still being kept top secret.” In the past, reps for Bigelow and Boal have tried to dispel rumors about the film’s subject matter by telling multiple news services that the film was not about bin Laden. But now, media outlets are calling their bluff and questioning the project’s future.
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