This clip doesn't feature any of the more typically "thriller" elements of the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal joint chronicling the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden. You'll find nary a Navy SEAL or tense interrogation here. Instead, it's a pure dialogue scene between Jessica Chastain as a dogged CIA analyst and Kyle Chandler as one of her many bosses. The clip highlights that the challenge of finding bin Laden wasn't simply a logistical one of finding one man in seven billion, but also involved bureaucratic infighting, political prioritizing, and the imperative of civilian safety at home.
Chastain's the nominal lead in Zero Dark Thirty, and as she ascended to ubiquity last year, we never saw her do anything with this kind of intensity. Even in a film like The Debt, where she played a Mossad agent, Chastain didn't have the full-bore focus on display in this clip, where she takes some potentially on the nose dialogue and delivers it hard enough to look like this clip could end up being an awards reel.
Also, Kyle Chandler tests the loyalty he earned as Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights by brushing off Chastain.
The clip debuted at Yahoo! Movies this morning.
It follows the inaugural television spot, which showed up online this Monday. Sony is clearly looking to get audiences talking in the lead-up to Zero Dark Thirty's December 19th limited release. By the time the film arrives in theaters nationwide on January 11th, Sony might just have the momentum needed to get butts in seats for a tense procedural to which everyone knows the ending.
In addition to Chastain and Chandler, the ensemble cast here includes Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Harold Perrineau, Mark Duplass, Frank Grillo, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Edgar Ramirez, Christopher Stanley, and Stephen Dillane.