Joel Edgerton signs on for Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden movie


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As ‘The Hurt Locker’ team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal continue to work on their Osama bin Laden movie, they’ve signed up their first actor.

Australian Joel Edgerton will play a special operative in the picture, said two sources familiar with the project who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss it. The actor will be part of an ensemble of male commandos.


Edgerton, who has been short-listed for a number of high-profile roles recently (including one of the leads in ‘The Hunger Games’ and the Bourne reboot), passed on the opportunity to work opposite Kristen Stewart in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ to climb aboard the Bin Laden film.

Edgerton can next be seen opposite Tom Hardy in the mixed martial arts movie ‘Warrior’ as well as in the upcoming Disney flick ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green.’ The untitled Bin Laden movie aims to shoot as early as this summer.

As for ‘Snow White,’ Chris Hemsworth, the star of this weekend’s ‘Thor,’ is the top contender to play the titular huntsman--despite the fact that, at 27, he’s not nearly as old as the character would have been had Viggo Mortensen, who was initially cast, wound up playing the part.

A person familiar with the project said Hemsworth won’t play Stewart’s primary love interest; that honor will go to another boy of summer. Sam Claflin, who is playing a missionary in this month’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ will take on the role.

‘Snow White,’ which will mark Stewart’s first movie after ‘The Twilight Saga’ wraps up its five-picture run, is also scheduled to begin filming this summer.

--Nicole Sperling