Zero Dark Thirty: The controversial thriller

Zero Dark Thirty: The controversial thriller

Gary Friedman

Director Kathryn Bigelow poses during the director’s round table.

A Hollywood film about Osama Bin Laden has been in the works for quite some time. The film’s Oscar-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow [The Hurt Locker], had to deal with a big obstacle surrounding the film’s plot.

Bigelow’s film, originally titled Kill Bin Laden was supposed to be about an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Al Qaeda leader, but that all changed on May 1, 2011. From the moment President Obama interrupted tv networks to announce that Bin Laden had been found and terminated, Bigelow had somewhat of an issue on her hands. Bigelow moved forward with the film despite talks of scrapping the idea altogether.

The film now has a title, a plot, and a release date. Zero Dark Thirty centers around “the greatest manhunt in history” and stars Jessica Chastain [The Help], Kyle Chandler [Super 8] and Joel Edgerton [Warrior]. There has been some Oscar buzz surrounding the film, and predictions point towards Best Picture and Best Director for Bigelow. Zero Dark Thirty will be in theaters everywhere December 19, 2012.