John Krasinski Stars in Michael Bay's New Benghazi Movie

Posted on July 31, 2015

Teaser poster for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Michael Bay takes on Benghazi in the first trailer for his thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film is based on the book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff.

The nonfiction book tells the story of what happened on the night of September 11, 2012, when the American Embassy was attacked in Benghazi, Libya. There were six ex-military men who were contractors for the government. When they heard the consulate was being attacked, they prepped and were ready to go defend U.S. lives, but were delayed three times by a supposed CIA operative only known as Bob. Eventually the contractors disobeyed orders, and saved 33 people. The contractors were eventually allowed to tell their stories, although the other people saved from the embassy are not allowed to talk about it. The book was non-political, it just told the story from the standpoint of the soldiers. But there is plenty of buzz about how the film is going to play in an election year in which former Secretary Clinton will face more questions about her role in the events. It's unclear in the first trailer who "Bob" is taking orders from. Is it the State Department? The CIA in Langley? Or someone else entirely?

The trailer is action-packed and really intense. The film stars John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Denman, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, Alexia Barlier and Elektra Anastasi star. This will be quite a test for Krasinski, who is more known for his comedic work in The Office. But he seems to be following in the footsteps of Chris Pratt, who has gone from comic roles to being a leading man who can carry a major motion picture.

The film hits theaters in January, 2016. Take a look:



Photo: Michael Bay