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Fans of NBC's Parks and Recreation have come to know actor Chris Pratt as the lovable and dim-witted Andy Dwyer, but now he's apparently up for a role that would cast him in a very different light. Twitch is breaking the news that Pratt is in talks to play the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the death of Osama Bin Laden, unofficially referred to as Kill Bin Laden.
Pratt will join a cast that already includes Jason Clarke, and formerly included Joel Edgerton until he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. It's unclear if Pratt is taking over the role formerly occupied by Edgerton, but both are described as "lead" roles, so that is most likely the case. Other actors rumored to be up for parts in the flick include Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, and Idris Elba. Pratt most recently appeared in both Moneyball and What's Your Number? this fall.
The project was actually in the works before the notorious terrorist leader was killed last May, prompting a series of rewrites to bring the script in line with the new ending real life had dropped in their laps. Those rewrites, as well as a congressional investigation into whether the Obama administration was inappropriately providing the production with classified info about the operation, both likely combined to push the film's release back, likely until after the next presidential election.
Bigelow's film is just one of several projects focusing on Bin Laden and/or Navy SEALs. There's also Into the Blue, director John Stockwell's Code Name Geronimo, Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, and Christopher McQuarrie's multimedia project Rubicon.
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