Though we’ve been hearing rumors and reports for months about who might star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller for months, Joel Edgerton was only the film’s second confirmed star when his casting was announced hours ago. (The first, Jason Clarke, signed on back in November.) With just a month to go until the production’s targeted start date, however, the cast now seems to be falling into place at rapid speed.

It appears that Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt has accepted the offer that was extended to him last month, making him the movie’s third star. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are said to be circling the project as well. More details after the jump.

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Last spring, we began hearing reports that Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton had landed a role in Kathryn Bigelow‘s still-untitled Osama bin Laden movie. However, a deal never really closed and as of last month it looked like scheduling issues had pulled him from the project altogether. Now it seems Edgerton is back in, and this time for good. A new story has surfaced indicating that Edgerton has officially boarded the film, joining previously cast star Jason Clarke. More details after the jump.

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Though he’s been acting in film and television for over a decade, Chris Pratt is probably best known right now as irrepressible goofball Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks & Recreation — but that could be changing soon. The actor got a chance to show off his more serious side in this summer’s Moneyball and now, he may be about to head even further into dramatic territory. According to a new report, Pratt is now in talks to join Jason Clarke in the cast of Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, due out late next year from Sony. More details after the jump.

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‘The Wettest County’ Set For April 2012 Release

There was a point earlier this year when it looked like we might see John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County by the end of the year. The Weinstein Company picked up the film, originally called The Wettest County in the World, at Cannes, and it seemed reasonable to assume that a bootlegging tale from the director of The Proposition and The Road starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf might be a solid year-end release.

But the Weinsteins, focused as ever on awards season, have already pegged The Artist, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn as the company’s year-end contenders. So The Wettest County is now set to arrive in April 2012. Read More »

Jason Clarke Cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Film

The Hurt Locker collaborators and Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been moving forward with plans to shoot a film, once called a ‘black ops thriller’ about a Navy SEAL operation meant to kill Osama Bin Laden. The film was already well under development when Bin Laden was actually killed earlier this year. Trouble was, the film ended with a failed operation, and in light of real-world events that didn’t seem likely to go over well with audiences. So Bigelow and Boal have been revamping, and now they’re starting to cast the film.

The first actor fully set for the still-untitled film is Jason Clarke, who shot The Wettest County in the World earlier this year under the direction of John Hillcoat, and is now shooting The Great Gatsby with Baz Luhrmann. Read More »

Briefly: Baz Luhrmann has added two more to his 3D film version of The Great Gatsby. (Why is this 3D, again?)

His take on the ‘great American novel’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald already features Leonardo DiCaprio as the wealthy Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s unrequited love; Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton as Daisy’s husband, old-money dillweed Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher as Myrtle, with whom Tom is having an affair; and Jason Clarke as George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband.

Now Gemma Ward, who was recently seen as a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will play an undisclosed role, and Callan McAuliffe has signed on to play the young Jay Gatsby in a few scenes. Along with young Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who also recently signed on to play Nick Carraway’s love interest, Jordan Baker, that makes a nice complement of Australian actors for this Long Island-set story. Not that I’m complaining; I’ve really warmed up to the idea of Edgerton playing Tom Buchanan. The 3D part on the other hand… well, not so much. [EW and Variety]

The last time we talked about the film version of Green Day‘s album-turned-Broadway show American Idiot, it looked like Green Day bandleader Billie Joe Armstrong might be playing one of the lead roles on screen. That casting is confirmed now, as THR says that Billy Joe will indeed reprised the role of St. Jimmy, which he played in some sold-out Broadway shows, under the direction of Michael Mayer. Dustin Lance Black is scripting the film version of American Idiot, a tale of love and anger acted out through the characters Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy. We’ve heard about the potential for a movie version for several years, but fans can possibly take heart now that there is real forward movement.

After the break, The Great Gatsby casts its last major role, and T.J. Miller gets his first starring gig, in a comedy. Read More »

The Georgia shoot for John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World has wrapped, and just in time to commemorate that milestone, producer Cassian Elwes has revealed a few new low-res looks at the film. The primary photo he sent out shows Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf as the three lead characters, the Bondurant brothers, as introduced in Matt Bondurant‘s book that inspired the film. We’ve already seen one shot of Shia LaBeouf in costume, but if you’re looking forward to this one as much as we are, any little look is a bonus.

There are a few other low-quality photos that the producer shared, after the break, which also give a very rough look at Mia Wasikowska in character. Read More »

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