Kyle Chandler Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Thriller

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 9:53 am,

2011 was a good year for Kyle Chandler, between his finally winning an Emmy for his fan-favorite role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights and the success of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, which Chandler starred in. It looks like 2012 should be another excellent year for the actor, thanks to his upcoming turn as former Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan in the Ben Affleck-directed CIA thriller Argo – and a part as a CIA operative in Kathryn Bigelow’s impending Black Ops thriller.

Bigelow is reuniting with Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) on this new project, which has incited lots of buzz – both negative and positive – seeing how it partially deals with the search for (and eventual killing of) infamous al-Qaeda figurehead Osama bin Laden – hence, the currently-untitled film being referred to as Kill bin Laden early on in development.

In its scoop on Chandler joining Bigelow’s new film, Deadline points out that none of the critically-acclaimed actors and actresses already revealed as onboard have been officially confirmed at this point. Whether or not that has anything to do with the controversy surrounding the project – due to claims that Bigelow and Boal were provided “classified” information about the killing of bin Laden by the Obama administration – is not clear.

Boal’s screenplay revolves in part around Navy SEAL Team 6’s longtime hunt for bin Laden, but it’s previously been said that plot element is not the central focus of the film. The implication seems to be that Bigelow’s movie will largely examine the dangerous nature of the Team’s work, as well as the “red tape” issues that infringed their search – with the original script draft’s ending having (obviously) been retooled, in light of recent events.

Production on the film is still slated to be getting underway in the very near future, so it can reach theaters before the end of 2012. However, similar to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic, Bigelow’s project won’t be arriving until after the impending U.S. presidential election – so that it avoids being branded as “political fodder” and used in any of the candidates’ campaigns.

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An “intense moment” in ‘The Hurt Locker’

Passing over complaints about the accuracy of operation tactics portrayed in The Hurt Locker, there’s no denying that the Oscar-winning film is an intensely-shot and nerve-rattling work that offers a terse look at the life-threatening situations active military personnel often face on a daily basis. There’s little reason to doubt that Bigelow and Boal’s new team effort will likewise be successful, in offering a similar experience.

That screenwriter-director pair also have the benefit of hindsight to help correct any mistakes made on their previous collaboration – not to mention, another overall great cast to work with. If nothing else, the idea that the filmmakers have been privy to detailed insider information about the hunt for a notorious terrorist suggests they could offer a more factual portrayal of the truth behind the story.

Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller is currently scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 19th, 2012. We will let you know if that changes.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Oh yah, he looks like a real Navy SEAL… NOT…

    I’ll stick to Act of Valor, thanks…

    • I’m not criticizing…I’m just curious: WHAT makes him NOT look like he could be a Navy SEAL (I imagine he’ll work out to make himself look leaner/more powerful)? There’s a look to a Navy SEAL (besides the fitness and grim determination)?

      • Watch Act of Valor, then come back if you still don’t see the difference… I’ll give you a hint, see if any of them look like this George Clooney pretty-boy guy in the picture…

        But it’s Kathryn Bigelow, so she’ll rather have someone “charming” than someone who really fits the role because authenticity is second to drama and forced suspense in her movies…

        • I actually might…I don’t generally watch a lot of war/combat-related films, but I will sometimes take the chance. “Act of Valor” looks like it might be somewhat interesting.

  2. Ken J

    Been a long time since i seen you. Thought you disappeared for good or something,lol.

    • @WW

      Eh, something happened regarding another former regular that has made it harder for me to post comments using my phone. Most of them get blocked so I’ve stopped trying… So I only post comments from my home PC…

      • @ Ken J

        I see. That’s happend to me before not long after i first came to this site,lol. I forget what year actually. It was for profanity,lol. There were times it almost happend again because one person would start somthing that was pointless & had nothin to do with movies.

        • @WW

          Actually, it has nothing to do with me or anything I’ve said. It’s something to do with IP addresses and the device I use and someone else with a similar device that is banned… Can’t really say more than that, lol. Vic explained it all to me, so it’s all good.

      • @Ken J – Sorry about that. I try to get your comments up as soon as I see them.

        Paul Young

  3. Im surprised they wouldn’t want to release this film before election time. It’s something Michael Moore would do. But they’ll probly show that Julianne Moore film about Sarah Palin instead. Films like that make me laugh because they have leftists playing republicans. It was samething in Oliver Stone’s W. film.

    • @WW

      Yah, it’s funny, I don’t see so many movies by conservatives trying to make liberal politicians look bad in movies in the attempt to brainwash the gullible public into believing into their ways… Strange…

      I know of maybe one, and it was a terrible movie anyway…

      • @ Ken J

        I know a co-worker who adores Michael Moore,lol. Probly because he hated Bush’s guts.

        I seen Ghost Rider 2 tonight. Wow, people thought Ironman 2 was bad. Screenrant was being generous by giving it 1 1/2 stars. Id give just 1 star. First film was better & can’t see how Ghost Rider 3 can happen. What surprises me is David S. Goyer can write Batman stories in Nolan’s trilogy, but can’t make a good Ghost Rider?