Almost immediately following last year’s news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, we started hearing about the possibility of bringing the story to the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) had already been in development on a movie about a failed attempt to kill the Taliban leader when it all went down, so she scrambled with her screenwriting partner Mark Boal to rewrite things accordingly. Although there is supposedly another competing film from John Stockwell also in the works, her film will be the first to hit theatres and now the first teaser trailer has just arrived online.
The movie was previously going under the working title Kill Bin Laden but has since been renamed to Zero Dark Thirty (a military term for 30 minutes after midnight). The teaser is heavily stylized and plays up the sense of secrecy and intrigue, but doesn’t show off much of the eclectic cast, which includes Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Scott Adkins, Mark Duplass and Chris Pratt. Bigelow and Boal promise that the movie has no political stance whatsoever (and based on The Hurt Locker, I tend to believe them) but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from criticizing it. Zero Dark Thirty hits theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.