Kathryn Bigelow Hires Joel Edgerton to Kill Osama Bin Laden

By  · Published on May 6th, 2011

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal continue to play in the political sandbox, and the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden has turned their attention back to a project they were already formulating. Their next task is to assemble an ensemble of men that are up for the mission, and according to LA Times Blog, Joel Edgerton is the first name on the team.

It’s difficult to speculate at this point about the project, but Edgerton is a solid talent that can absolutely take on more physical roles. All in all, it’s a great call.

What’s questionable is whether a movie about the event coming out so quickly will be cathartic or intrinsically problematic. As with most traumatic events, it will be a gamble as to whether this injures the real-world closure of the death or seems like a cashing-in of sorts. Fortunately, Bigelow is one of the better talents working in Hollywood, and her skill at creating true tension should come in handy here. Plus, maybe in thirty years, Tarantino can come along and cinematically fill Bin Laden with thousands of bullets instead of just two.

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