Only 19 months after Osama bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy SEALs, Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark Thirty will hit theaters.
Jessica Chastain leads the ensemble as a dogged C.I.A. agent, which also includes Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplas, and as the new international poster for the film reveals, her character has long been on the trail.
Writer Mark Boal, who collaborated previously on Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, told EW:
It’s a very accurate, we hope, rendition of how the SEALs entered, what they did on each floor. Kathryn spent a lot of time trying to make sure all of that was correct, down to who was on what step when, how they went around a corner.
We built (a real house). You would naturally consider building each floor on a different stage in North Hollywood or something. But it was as close to the exact dimensions of the real building as possible. Those environments were at times extremely cramped, extremely hot and airless. But the thing that was so uncanny was, you definitely felt the presence of the people whose house this was, even though of course we were in Jordan, not Abbottobad. It had been so faithfully recreated that it almost brought them to life in a very eerie, strange way. You’re spending a month in this place, day and night. It was unnerving. On May 1 (2012, the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing) we were shooting. It was only a year prior that the real raid happened.
A couple new stills give a further peek at the movie, which opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 11th, 2013.
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