Bigelow’s Bin Laden film set for a 2012 release

Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is set to start filming next month.

British actors including Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are rumoured to make an appearance in the film, alongside Australian actors, Neighbours favourite Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton of The Thing who has officially scooped the lead role.

Oscar-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow, (The Hurt Locker) had already started writing the screenplay with Mark Boal long before Bin Laden was found and killed at his compound in Northern Pakistan by the US Navy SEALs last May.

The script was almost complete by 2010, but when Barack Obama announced Bin Laden’s death, Bigelow and Boal were forced to re-write the script.

Edgerton told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I had signed on to do the project when the initial script was almost done. I knew what it was about and then Bin Laden was killed and the whole thing was … like a house of cards, it had to be kind of knocked over and rebuilt.”

The film – which will focus on the US Navy SEALs – is also rumoured to feature Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a reporter, Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Edgar Ramirez (Vantage Point).

There was much controversy when earlier this year, it was rumoured that the film-makers received ‘top level access to the most classified mission in history’. This was according to New York Times journalist, Maureen Dowd, but The White House and the film-makers soon denied these claims. Dowd it should be noted was one of the key journalists to claim that Saddam Hussain certainly had WMD, so perhaps we should take what she has to say with a pinch of scepticism.

Amy Pascal, from Sony Pictures, told The Guardian that with the death of Osama Bin Laden, this film could not be more relevant.

She said: “Kathryn and Mark have an outstanding perspective on the team that was hunting the most wanted man in the world”.

The untitled film is scheduled to be released this December, just after the US presidential elections.

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