Zero Dark Thirty exclusive: Bad-a$$ Jessica Chastain

Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

SheKnows has this exclusive Zero Dark Thirty clip that hasn't even hit EPK yet! We're giving you the first look.

If you haven't already heard, Zero Dark Thirty has caught a ton of momentum in theaters lately, telling the gripping tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

The film shot onto select big screens late last month, but it's spreading like wildfire now that it's been released nationwide. Zero Dark Thirty combines the real-life elements of interrogation and intel, Navy SEAL intensity, Middle East conflict — and, as you can tell from the exclusive above — one bad-a** female lead in the form of Jessica Chastain.

The mission is straightforward: Maya (Chastain) wants her men to kill Osama bin Laden — and as we learned from history, that mission was accomplished.

It was one thing to read of the events and the soldiers who participated in this monumental feat, but Zero Dark Thirty takes it home with stellar screen presence and acting from Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and more. These guys are powerful on-screen, and it's probably safe to say they won't be too hard on your eyes.

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To echo our review, the film is also an impressive portrayal of one woman's story. Persistence, sacrifice, courage and brains piece together Chastain's role at the heart of the hunt. If the context and violence hit a little too close to home or rub you the wrong way, consider the following: Chastain is a woman in the driver's seat of one of this century's greatest manhunts — and that alone makes for one of the year's top flicks.

Chastain holds her own and she's got the chops to keep your attention throughout, despite the toughest role she's ever had in a film. This exclusive is only a slice of the pie.

Zero Dark Thirty is in theaters now and runs in at 2 hours and 37 minutes. Be sure to check out this wild ride!

Photo credit: Columbia