Although your patriotism might be running on empty after more than a week of shouting at your TV for our fellow Olympians, Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming military thriller Zero Dark Thirty released a teaser trailer yesterday. The film is based on the assassination of Osama bin Laden in the spring of 2011. Mostly comprised of overhead tactical maps and various voiceovers, the trailer appears to focus on the men and women behind the search for bin Laden and how the largest manhunt in history came to its bloody conclusion in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The film has caused controversy with some arguing that the film will divulge classified government information or is aimed as a thinly veiled political endorsement for the upcoming election this fall. But the film is slated for December release, more than a month after the presidential election, and according to Entertainment Weekly, Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal “insist their film is a study of the unsung heroes who worked behind the scenes to take down bin Laden.” Considering Bigelow and Boal’s history with military films, including winning Academy Awards for The Hurt Locker, the material is in capable hands.
Zero Dark Thirty is set for release on Dec. 19, 2012. You can watch the teaser trailer below.