Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has become one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed films in recent months. The director’s latest feature will once more be heading to the Academy Awards next month, with an impressive five Oscar nominations, and Jessica Chastain is very much a strong contender for Best Actress.

The film is on wide release in the US, and will finally be opening here in the UK this Friday. We saw a great new featurette for the film earlier in the week, and now Universal have released three new TV spots to give us a taste of what to expect.

“The upcoming true-life drama “Zero Dark Thirty” details the decade-long global hunt for Osama bin Laden, and in this exclusive in-theater banner, you get a satellite view of his secret compound in Pakistan. Two Black Hawk helicopters are seen approaching the fortified compound in the moments before Navy SEALs carried out the raid that lead to bin Laden’s death. The movie from the Oscar-winning writer and director of “The Hurt Locker,” will hit theaters on December 19.”

Chastain is joined by an all-star cast, headed up by Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, James Gandolfini, Scott Adkins, Jennifer Ehle, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramirez, Frank Grillo, Nash Edgerton, and Mark Duplass, with Ricky Sekhon taking the role of bin Laden himself.

Bigelow is once more directing from a script by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), with the two producing alongside the brilliant Megan Ellison (True Grit, The Master, Lawless).

We’ve been fortunate enough to interview some of the cast ahead of its release – you can see our interview with Jessica Chastain here – and be sure to check back for more still to come.

Stefan saw the film late last year and thought it was near-flawless – read his review here – and I can’t wait to see the film for myself.

Zero Dark Thirty is currently on wide release across the US, and will be getting its UK release this Friday, 25th January. Whilst we wait, here are the great new TV spots to set the tone.