The trailer for Michael Bay’s upcoming film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” has the director’s fingerprints all over it. Opening with a silent Libyan landscape before cutting to a fast-paced raid, soldiers at gunpoint, and of course, explosions, the trailer also provides a narrative in between action scenes.
Based on the Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Happened in Benghazi, the film explores the events that occurred on September 11, 2012, when “the threat level in Benghazi was deemed ‘critical’” after the attack on U.S. diplomatic institutions in Benghazi.
Bay is lauded for his ability to magnify stories by converting them into thrilling action blockbusters like the Transformers series, but this film warrants extra caution in order to convey the reality of 2012’s Benghazi attack. Chuck Hogan, co-creator of FX’s The Strain, wrote the screenplay and Erwin Stoff will produce the film. Cast members include James Badge Dale, John Krasinski and Pablo Schreiber. The film will debut in US theaters on Jan. 15.
Watch the trailer below: