Kathryn Bigelow’s next film is beginning to cast up!

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s upcoming Bin Laden film is beginning to get ready for filming, and of course, that means a cast is required.  It originally looked like Joel Edgerton would be in the lead, but it seems he’s not involved anymore.  His ‘Warrior’ co-star, however…that’s a different story, plus a great deal of other big names.  Deadline has the details:

Jason Clarke is the first actor set for the Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden for Sony Pictures and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. An elite group of actors is being courted for the ensemble. I’m told that Clarke–who stars in the Ellison-produced The Wettest County in the World and is playing the gas station owner George Wilson in the Baz Luhrmann-directed The Great Gatsby–will play a terrorist hunter in service of the U.S. efforts to hunt Bin Laden. Also being discussed for roles are Tom Hardy (who also stars inWettest County), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), Guy Pearce (who starred in Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker), Idris Elba, Rooney Mara (upcoming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Nina Arianda (Midnight In Paris). The plan is to start production early next year, so availability could be an issue for some of the actors. Mark Boal wrote the script and is producing with Ellison and Greg Shapiro.

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