Entertainment Weekly has debuted the teaser trailer and first images from Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial new film from The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow chronicling the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden.
Formerly referred to as Kill Bin Laden, the action thriller has been at the center of a political firestorm in which opponents have accused the Obama administration of giving the filmmakers access to classified material. Bigelow has denied any favoritism, while screenwriter Mark Boal is adamant that Zero Dark Thirty focuses on the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take down the terrorist mastermind rather than the president who gave the order.
“There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” Boal told EW.com. “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.”
The film, which opens Dec. 19, stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Harold Perrineau and Edgar Ramirez.