Joel Edgerton will Kill Bin Laden

Signs on to Kathryn Bigelow’s next

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Animal Kingdom actor Joel Edgerton has been drafted in to head up Kathryn Bigelow’s next war-themed drama, Kill Bin Laden.

The Hurt Locker director, who won an Oscar for that film, has been planning her Bin Laden opus for a while.

With that topic suddenly becoming white hot, the project is moving rapidly forward, with Edgerton cast in the lead role.

He’ll play a special operative who’s part of a band of male commandos on a mission to take Bin Laden out after the 9/11 attacks.

The script by writer Mark Boal has apparently been tweaked to fit with recent events, with the original take depicting the mission as unsuccessful.

What with the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, Boal has rewritten the script to culminate in a 40-minute fight that climaxes when Bin Laden is killed.

Kill Bin Laden is expected to shoot this summer. After Edgerton’s riveting turn in Aussie drama Animal Kingdom, we can’t wait to see the results of a team up with Bigelow.

Think an Edgerton-Bigelow team-up will rock your world? Or is this all just a little too exploitative for its own good? Talk to us below...

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    • Azazeal4eva

      May 6th 2011, 8:54

      I hope they change the title, i find kill bin laden a bit vulgar, operation: binladen maybe or some thing similar.

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    • Azazeal4eva

      May 6th 2011, 8:54

      I hope they change the title, i find kill bin laden a bit vulgar, operation: binladen maybe or some thing similar.

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 6th 2011, 9:24

      WIthout wanting to go into a political debate on our beloved TF site, one has to ask the question.. Is this not a bit dangerous? Within days of the operation a movie is being rushed through. Doesn't the idea have the potential to incite more hatred towards America?

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      May 6th 2011, 9:55

      It's a bit reckless alright.

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    • dgoodswen

      May 6th 2011, 11:21

      The film has been in pre-production since April 2010, with Bigelow intending to make a film on the hunt for Bin Laden. With last weekends events she now has an ending, though the title needs a lot of work.

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 6th 2011, 12:43

      I thought Bruce WIllis got him? or is Planet Terror not true?

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    • writerdave87

      May 6th 2011, 12:46

      'Kill Bin Laden' was an operation name in the Tora Bora I think shortly after 9/11. The problem I have with it though is that they don't know what happened yet; I don't think a hollywood imagining of the killing of a real terrorist when people don't know the real sequence of events is appropriate.

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    • filbert77

      May 6th 2011, 14:25

      Because this won't provoke a certain terrorist group..

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      May 6th 2011, 14:55

      Films about this were inevitable but to make an announcement about this film a matter of days after his actual death, especially when American and British nationals are being warned by their governments to beware of reprisals by supporters of Bin Laden while abroad and the terror threat at airports, transport centres and government buildings is now at severe rather than substantial. It's kind of asking for trouble.

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    • Ali1748

      May 7th 2011, 1:24

      USA USA USA USA USA

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    • DanielMcA

      May 7th 2011, 14:14

      "Boal has rewritten the script to culminate in a 40-minute fight that climaxes when Bin Laden is killed." Really? The antagonists fired one shot. Bin Laden was in his pyjamas - unarmed. Actionwise, apart from crashing their helicopter (again!) this could make for a bit of an anti-climax. But this is Hollywood. Why let the truth stand in the way of a good story. What if we have Edgerton and Bin Laden tussle - like Kirk and Christopher Lloyd in Star Trek 3 - and we see, ultimately, Edgerton throw Bin Laden from the 10th storey of his Bond-villain complex. Egerton's sidekick - played by Shia LeBeouf - comes in and says 'what's happening?' - and Edgerton can say: 'I'm just taking the bins out' Fadeout, titles, rousing score.

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