And you thought 2011 was the year of Jessica Chastain! The extremely busy actress -- who just booked a role in the Broadway production of 'The Heiress' -- is negotiating to join the impressive cast of Kathryn Bigelow's 'Hurt Locker' follow-up, an untitled film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
The film has become a source of controversy because of its subject matter. Republican congressman Peter King alleged that Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal were given inside information from the Obama administration about the raid on Bin Laden's compound in May of 2011. The Pentagon will investigate the charges, but -- as Deadline notes -- it doesn't seem like anyone is too concerned: not only is casting up and running, but Sony has the film slotted for a Dec. 17 release.
If signed, Chastain would join the just-added Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Chris Pratt in the cast. Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are negotiating for parts as well. The untitled film isn't just a major upcoming release because of its political subject; Bigelow was the first female director to win an Academy Award, and her first post-Oscar feature is of great interest to film fans around the world.
As for Chastain, if she does wind up starring in the film, it might come at the cost of 'Oblivion.' The actress had been set to star opposite Tom Cruise in the science-fiction film, but its shooting schedule might now conflict with Bigelow's feature.
- Steven Soderbergh ('Haywire'/'Magic Mike')
- Wes Anderson ('Moonrise Kingdom')
- Ridley Scott ('Prometheus')
- Woody Allen ('Nero Fiddled')
- Oliver Stone ('Savages')
- David O. Russell ('The Silver Linings Playbook')
- Alfonso Cuaron ('Gravity')
- Peter Jackson ('The Hobbit')
- Ang Lee ('Life of Pi')
- Kathryn Bigelow (Untitled Bin Laden Film)
- Quentin Tarantino ('Django Unchained')
- Baz Luhrmann ('The Great Gatsby')
- Bonus: Steven Spielberg ('Lincoln')
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