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Second Bin Laden film gains big cast

JohnStockwell.jpgIt's unfair of me to say that this is the second film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, let me instead say that this is the other film about the events. In fact you can see how unfair it is when you read the list of names that are on the cast for the film, for it is a strong list.

Codename: Geronimo is the name of this film which centres on a team of Navy SEALs from the moment they discover who their main target is, Osama Bin Laden.

There's not a lot more on the plot of the film just now, but it would appear that both Codename: Geronimo and the as yet untitled Mark Boal written and Kathryn Bigelow directed film will follow the search for and the killing of the terrorist leader. Codename: Geronimo follows the Navy SEAL team that are told they are going in to the Pakistani location where the terrorist is thought to be hiding.

Codename: Geronimo is written by Kendall Lampkin, and it appears to be his first script, with John Stockwell directing. Stockwell has directed films such as Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Paradise Lost and some episodes of The L Word.

The story from Variety through JoBlo tells us that the cast assembled does suggest this could be a strong film - Anson Mount, Cam Gigandet, Freddy Rodriguez, William Fichtner, Robert Knepper, Xzibit, Kenneth Miller, Kathleen Robertson and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

That's a good cast and the breakdown is that William Fichtner, Kathleen Robertson and Eddie Kaye Thomas are playing CIA agents while the rest of the cast are the Navy SEALs.

It does sounds like this could be a strong film, and probably hit production before Bigelow's film version of events, and as JoBlo said the real test of the mettle of this film will be in the actual portrayal, the historical and military accuracies, for if the film gets too gung-ho and fanciful it's surely not going to reach a strong international audience.

Mind you there have been those stories about just how much information has been given to the Bigelow film from the Government, some inside the halls of power think that there has been too much information leaked, and that would suggest they have some interesting perspectives to offer.



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