Osama Bin Laden TV Movie Set to Air on Sunday Before U.S. Election

The Hollywood Reporter

A movie about the killing of Osama Bin Laden will air on American television two days before the presidential election in November. 

National Geographic Channel has set Sunday, Nov. 4 as the air date for Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. The movie, directed by John Stockwell (Turistas), is produced by Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker) and Harvey Weinstein, whose company picked up rights to the movie at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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The timing of the bin Laden movie is notable because the events chronicle one of the crowning achievements of President Obama's first term in office: the manhunt and eventual killing of the al Qaeda leader on May 1, 2011. Obama faces GOP contender Mitt Romney in a tight presidential election on Nov. 6.

Seal Team Six also will air more than a month before the release of Zero Dark Thirty, the highly anticipated theatrical feature about the bin Laden raid from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, both of whom won Oscars for The Hurt Locker

Seal Team Six, the first fact-based TV movie for Nat Geo, features a cast that includes Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez and Xzibit.

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