Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Movie
Lebanese actor Fares Fares is the latest star to sign on to Kathryn Bigelow's untitled thriller that'll center on Navy SEAL Team Six's capture of Osama Bin Laden. While details on the film itself are scarce, THR has uncovered that Fares is set to play "a good guy." Does this mean he'll be one of the SEALs? A translator? An informant? No idea. But we do know he's joining a cast that grows more and more impressive by the day.
Already signed on for Bigelow's hotly anticipated follow-up to her Oscar-winning Hurt Locker are Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Edgar Ramirez (Vantage Point), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Jason Clarke (Texas Killing Fields) and Harold Perrineau (Lost). It's a mix of TV notables and rising film stars whose combined screen presence should prove riveting if not explosive. Of course, Bigelow's known for her keen eye for talent and ability to cull together a top-notch ensemble. So, it's easy to assume Fares has just signed up for some major notice come award season next winter. (I know, I know the Oscars just ended.)
For his part, Fares broke onto the international stage in 2010, when the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash drew worldwide buzz. Then, he landed a supporting role in director Daniel Espinosa's just-released American debut Safe House, and now he's working with a groundbreaking, Oscar-winning director on one of 2012's most anticipated features. It seems after more than a decade in film, Fares is finally getting his chance at the big time. However, with Bigelow's untitled Bin Laden project slated to open in December of this year, Fares may first be seen in Snabba Cash II. The action-packed sequel will open in Sweden this August, but there's not yet word on when a U.S. release might follow.
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