Joel Edgerton To Kill Bin Laden For Kathryn Bigelow
Late Sunday night, the world learned that a U.S. Navy SEAL commando team killed al Qaeda founder and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden during a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan. The very next day it was confirmed that Kathryn Bigelow was working with The Hurt Locker writer/producer Mark Boal on Kill Bin Laden. The two had already been in pre-production on the Tom Hanks-starring action-adventure Triple Frontier, but that focus has probably shifted somewhat in light of the recent news. Is there any studio that wouldn’t fast track an in-development project about the hunt for bin Laden from an Oscar-winning filmmaker?
No, no there isn’t.
This one definitely appears to be on the fast track, too. Bigelow and Boal are reportedly still in the development phase, but the Los Angeles Times reports via a pair of unnamed sources that Joel Edgerton will join the cast as a “special operative” as part of an ensemble of commandos.
Edgerton’s name has been attached to some marquee roles lately, including a lead in the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games and the Jason Bourne part in the upcoming reboot. He also reportedly passed on Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Kristen Stewart, to join Bigelow and Boal’s film.
Edgerton will appear soon with Tom Hardy in the upcoming MMA flick, Warrior. He may be up-and-coming in a lot of ways, but Edgerton has something that many others in Hollywood don’t: an action figure. He played the young Owen Lars — Luke Skywalker’s adoptive uncle! — in Star Wars: Episode II and Star Wars: Episode III.