India to be backdrop for Hurt Locker filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming movie about bin Laden's final daysBy Mail Today Reporter
Oscar-winning filmmaker Katheryn Bigelow will shoot the final days of Osama bin Laden in Rajasthan
Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, who won the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker in 2010 beating exhusband James Cameron for his Avatar, will shoot her new film on the final days of Osama bin Laden in Rajasthan.
Bigelow will land in India next month for the project and this was confirmed by actress Jessica Chastain in an interview to a Hollywood website.
'I've been working on Bigelow's movie in Jordan... After the Oscars, I go to India to shoot more of the exteriors for the film,' Chastain, who stars in the movie, told justjared.com.
Sources in Mumbai said the filmmaker and her co-producers, Mark Boal and Megan Ellison, were reluctant to shoot in Pakistan owing to security issues.
Ideally, the major part of Bigelow's yet-untitled political thriller should have been shot in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where the al-Qaeda chief was killed in a daring American operation in May last year.
'Bigelow wanted a backdrop that resembles Abbottabad. Since shooting in Pakistan is out of question, so she seems to have settled on India. Most probably, filming will be done in parts of Rajasthan in March,' an industry source said.
An earlier buzz had suggested that a team from the film's unit had arrived in India to hunt for locales sometime back.
The house where Osama bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad
'The team did a recce of western Punjab and Rajasthan over several weeks. They seem to prefer Rajasthan,' the source added.
The film will focus on the final days of Osama bin Laden's life
Cameron's ex-wife seems to be bullish about shooting in India, sections of the trade, however, are wary. Several big-ticket projects had lined up plans to shoot in India in the recent past but failed to get adequate clearances and permits.
Not long ago, the Indian railways refused to let the makers of the James Bond franchise to shoot their upcoming Daniel Craigstarrer Skyfall in India. Before that, plans to shoot portions of The Dark Knight Rises, the next Batman film, in India also fell through.
Bigelow, whose film The Hurt Locker made actor Jeremy Renner a household name, has once again chosen a cast of relatively unknown actors in her new film.
The cast of her Osama flick includes Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler and Edgar Ramirez besides Jessica Chastain, who has been nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year for her role in The Help.
Bigelow, known to be secretive about her projects has, refrained from announcing who plays what role.
While there has been considerable curiosity about who plays Osama in the film, sections of the Hollywood trade indicate that the character may not feature in the screenplay at all.