“Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler to “Kill Bin Laden” for Kathryn Bigelow

February 17, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 782 Views

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Seriously, this movie just gets better and better. With Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow behind the camera and a cast that already included Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez, the latest bit of news feels like an answer to the question “What do you give the movie that already has everything?” How about a little dash of Coach Taylor? Deadline reports “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler is the latest to join the cast on the topical untitled Navy SEALs thriller previously titled “Kill Bin Laden.”

The secretive filmmakers won’t comment on any of the actors who have been cast so far, but Deadline reports Chandler will be playing a CIA agent. Edgerton, Clarke and Pratt play SEALS, while Chastain will be a military analyst. Strong and Ramirez’s roles are unknown. Though the film had been in development for a couple of years (and originally revolved around an unsuccessful earlier assassination attempt on the Al Qaeda leader), it became a top priority when Osama Bin Laden was really killed by Navy SEAL Team 6 last year in a covert operation. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are expected to rewrite the ending of their film to reflect the thrilling new development. Filming is imminent with a release date already set for December 19, 2012.

Deadline further reports that Chandler is – unsurprisingly – being offered a ton of new roles on TV since wrapping up his Emmy-winning turn on “Friday Night Lights” last year, but he has shown a reluctance to return to the small screen. This is great news for us since Chandler certainly has the charm and talent to make a successful transition to the big screen, having already proven his chops in films like Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and last year’s JJ Abrams/Steven Spielberg alien caper “Super 8.” His upcoming slate slants towards the serious and prestigious, having completed filming on Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and Mark Wahlberg/Russell Crowe political thriller “Broken City”, making Bigelow’s new film a great next move.


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