Australian actor Joel Edgerton (“Warrior,” “Animal Kingdom”) has signed on to play a special operative in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Landen” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Scribe Mark Boal extensively researched the film which centers on an elite Black Ops team’s attempt to assassinate bin Laden almost a decade ago, an effort that came very close to succeeding.
After the death of bin Laden on Sunday, concerns were raised over the fate of the project which Mark Boal had been penning and whether it would hit delays due to major re-writes.
It was then revealed that the Black Ops team which he had been researching was Seal Team Six, the same group that carried out the recent raid that brought down the Al-Qaeda leader.
Boal also reportedly has ample time to rework the script to include the 40-minute firefight at the compound that brought down bin Laden.
Edgerton has been linked to, but ultimately lost out, a number of high-profile projects lately including “The Hunger Games” and “The Bourne Legacy”. He was offered “Snow White and the Huntsman” but passed on the project so as to be able to do this movie.
Edgerton will be part of an ensemble of male commandos with the other roles to be cast soon with shooting to kick off as early as this Summer.