Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, of "The Hurt Locker" fame, re-teamed for what became a politically controversial movie even before the cameras rolled: "Zero Dark Thirty," a chronicle of the search to find Osama bin Laden.
Now the first teaser trailer is out and has social media buzzing.
In an exclusive interview with EW.com, Boal said the movie is not about politics but rather about the heroes behind the scenes who tracked down and ultimately killed bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
"There's no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period," Boal told EW.com. "A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film."
Bigelow and Boal had decided to make a movie about the hunt for bin Laden well before his death, according to EW.com. But once news came of the CIA and Navy SEAL operation that found and killed bin Laden in Pakistan, the filmmakers started over.
Some GOP lawmakers and a conservative watchdog group have questioned whether Bigelow and Boal got access to classified information while making the movie, but the filmmakers won't comment.
Originally slated for release in October 2012, "Zero Dark Thirty" was moved until after the presidential election, to December 19.
"Zero Dark Thirty" stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, and Kyle Chandler.