01/05/2012 06:31 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2012

Joel Edgerton In Osama Bin Laden Movie From Kathryn Bigelow

Welcome to Seal Team Six, Joel Edgerton. Your mission: take out Osama Bin Laden.

The Australian actor, most recently seen in this fall's critically acclaimed MMA family drama "Warrior," has signed on to star in the film about the US military's pursuit of Osama Bin Laden being produced by "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow. Variety reports that Edgerton has joined on after passing up the "300" prequel film.

The film, which was in development before the military killed Bin Laden and was rejiggered to reflect the development, will give Edgerton a second massive prestige picture set for a December 2012 release. He is co-starring as Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," featuring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

The news wasn't all good for Bigelow's film on Thursday. Government officials are looking into whether the filmmakers were given confidential information that could put the real Seal Team 6 in danger while researching for the film. The investigation comes at the behest of New York Rep. Peter King.

For more, click over to Variety.