- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
It’s expected that speeches from President Obama will be all over TV in the days before the election, but he’ll also be playing a larger role in a television movie airing on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election.
Harvey Weinstein, a longtime Obama supporter, bought U.S. rights to SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden in May and recently recut the film to boost Obama’s presence by adding more archival footage of the president. The news was first reported in the New York Times.
PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Special Forces
Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures fully produced and financed the movie, which is directed by John Stockwell and chronicles the story of how the CIA and Navy SEALS tracked down Osama bin Laden and killed the infamous terrorist. The Voltage version also prominently featured the president, sources tell THR.
Weinstein’s decision to bolster the president’s presence will likely invite further criticism that the project is politically motivated.
PHOTOS: 20 Biggest Political Players in Hollywood
Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden premieres Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on National Geographic Channel. The next day, it will stream on Netflix.
Chartier also produced Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, written by Mark Boal. Bigelow and Boal have their own Osama bin Laden pic, Zero Dark Thirty, which Sony decided to open in December, after the president election.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Taika Waititi, Eva Longoria and Niecy Nash-Betts Talk Leading the Diversity Charge at The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices Luncheon
Tallulah Willis Opens Up About Coping With Father Bruce Willis’ Dementia, Says She’s “Known Something Was Wrong for a Long Time”
Sharon Stone Discusses Challenges With Getting Work Since Her Stroke, Rails Against “Anti-Woke Bullsh**” at THR’s Raising Our Voices Event
Harassment in Hollywood
Los Angeles District Attorney Decides Against Bringing Charges in Armie Hammer Sexual Misconduct Case
Boston University President Accuses 2023 Graduates of “Cancel Culture” After They Boo David Zaslav During Commencement