Back in May last year, Electroshadow ran the news that a movie would be made about the mission that saw notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden killed. The project happened to coincide with an existing one being developed by the “Hurt Locker” team of writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow.

Casting has been slowly but steadily picking up pace, with Joel Edgerton today officially signed on for the leading role, according to Variety. Aussie star Edgerton will play the leader of the Black Ops SEAL team that took bin Laden down. Since then, more actors have been in negotiations, with Jason Clarke (“Public Enemies”) also confirming his involvement. Idris Elba, Rooney Mara, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce and Nina Arianda were also in consideration, but they have all since dropped out due to various factors (mostly scheduling conflicts).

Deadline got the latest scoop when they reported today that Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez and Mark Strong are close to finalising their respective deals to join the ensemble cast. I wonder what part there could be for Chastain, as this is primarily an all-male affair. Maybe she’s playing a government official or one of the character’s wives.

The as-yet untitled film is still scheduled for a 19th December release.

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