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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As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and gear up to watch what feels like a dozen new releases this weekend, FilmDistrict and Sony have quietly announced new release dates for a few of their projects.

That long-delayed Red Dawn remake that FilmDistrict picked up earlier this fall is now scheduled to drop next fall, while Sony’s Pixels and Singularity have both set dates for 2013. Meanwhile, we finally have a set date for that Kathryn Bigelow project about Osama bin Laden. More details after the jump.

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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 »

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller has been sparking political controversy ever since it was announced, with one of the points of contention being its release date. A few months ago, Sony set a date of October 12, 2012 for the picture’s release, irritating some who believed that it would help President Barack Obama during next year’s presidential elections by reminding voters of one of his administration’s most notable achievements.

Partisan bickering over the movie isn’t likely to die down anytime soon, but Sony has announced a schedule shift that should at least make the timing less of an issue. According to new reports, the studio has decided to push back the film, though it’s not known at this point when exactly it’ll get released, or what the motivation was behind the change. More details after the jump.

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The new film from the Oscar-winning team behind The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, may not yet have a title, but it now has a release date. Sony has set the film for October 12, 2012, seemingly positioning the movie squarely as an awards contender. The film, called Killing Bin Laden (or Kill Bin Laden) at one point, was already in the works when Osama Bin Laden was killed earlier this year; at the time it was referred to simply as a small-budget black-ops thriller. A connection to Bin Laden was rumored, but denied. That stance was very quickly reversed, however, when the death of Bin Laden made any project chronicling that killing the object of great desire in Hollywood.

At this point we still know little about the project. Joel Edgerton will reportedly star, and the script is based on the communication Mark Boal has had with the actual Navy SEAL team responsible for killing the terrorist figurehead. We know the third act, originally conceived to represent a failed mission, was rewritten at the last minute, but beyond that specifics are few and far betwee.  [Deadline]

Point Break was released in theaters on July 12th 1991, twenty years ago today. The action film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the future Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker who was at the time married to James Cameron. Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbing surfers (led by Patrick Swayze). Here are five quick facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie:

  • The word “fuck” is spoken 105 times.
  • The movie was almost titled “Johnny Utah” after Keanu’s character name.
  • Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls) had a small role in the movie as “Macrame Girl”, but her scene was cut out.
  • Johnny Depp, Matthew Broderick and Charlie Sheen were among the other actors who supposedly auditioned for the role of Johnny Utah.
  • Johnny tells Bodhi to meet him at “Patrick’s Roadhouse”, an inside joke to the movie Swayze made a couple years prior – Road House.

Leave your memories of the film after the jump. We’ve also embedded a making of documentary.

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Here’s a minor update on the film that The Hurt Locker collaborators Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been rapidly altering in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death. The movie once referred to as Kill Bin Laden and Killing Bin Laden is now untitled (we knew that was never going to be the real distribution title) and it looks like Sony will be the company that ends up with distribution rights. Read More »