Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has gotten quite a bit of press, but when anyone of her stature does a movie about Osama bin Laden’s hunt, capture and death, there’s going to be a lot of curiosity and interest. The first teaser trailer has hit with some interesting images.
Like Kathryn Bigelow’s powerful The Hurt Locker, the teaser trailer for her latest high profile Zero Dark Thirty looks like we’ll get a close up look of what went into the hunt for Osama bin Laden rather than just a glossy rah rah look. Bigelow has gone to extreme lengths to fully understand everything that happened to make sure this film is done right, and it’s one of those few political thrillers that I’m really excited to see.
Both she and Mark Boal had completed a script about the hunt when President Barack Obama announced that the man had been found and killed. “The minute we heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, what we had been working on became history. As interesting a story as that would have been to tell, the news re-directed our entire efforts. It changed the movie idea forever,” Bigelow told EW. The script was immediately tossed and something much bigger and better came out of this change in history.
Naturally, many are assuming there will be a political agenda to the film, but thankfully Boad had this to say about that. “There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period. A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie. I was looking for the human component, and I was also looking for the untold story. You spend enough time looking at these stories and what’s out there is true but partial, incomplete. I was interested in the human element and I was interested in the element that had yet to be portrayed.” Like a good documentary, this film sounds like they’re just presenting the facts in a compelling way without getting on a soapbox.
Bigelow also states that this is going to be one of those films that can’t be placed in one particular genre too. “I guess you could call it many things. It’s a thriller, it’s a drama, it’s a mystery, it’s historical, it’s one of the great stories of our time. It traces the anatomy of the decade long hunt for the world’s most wanted man… This is an amazing story about the triumph of will, dedication, and duty. [It’s] about the real life heroes in the intelligence community who worked behind the scenes day and night on what was perhaps the toughest assignment of their lives. As such, it’s a story that needs to be told respectfully.” After the way she handled Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, I can’t wait to see this one when it opens December 19, 2012.
Joel and Nash Edgerton are playing members of SEAL Team Six, Kyle Chandler is the CIA’s top official in Pakistan and Mark Strong plays another CIA analyst, with Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Edgar Ramirez, Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, and Mark Duplass portraying other intelligence agents.