Gandolfini to play Panetta
James Gandolfini. Picture: AP Photo/Jason Redmond.

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini has landed a role in director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming movie account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, the actor will portray US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta in the much-anticipated film Zero Dark Thirty.

Gandolfini joins Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong among others in the cast of the movie, which chronicles the search for the al-Qaeda leader following the 9/11 attacks on America and the special forces' raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, which resulted in his death in May, 2011.

In June, Panetta testified before the US Senate that no classified information was leaked to Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.

The West Australian

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