The heroes of Benghazi will finally get their due. Action film mega-director Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, The Rock) is bringing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi to theaters on January 15, 2016.
Starring John Krasinski (The Office), James Badge Dale (24, The Departed), and Toby Stephens (Black Sails), 13 Hours tells the story of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed: Ambassador Chris Stevens, CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and Information Officer Sean Smith.
It is not clear from the film’s trailer (featured below) how political the film will be (President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are accused of failing to act to save the four victims). Although he refuses to discuss his personal political views, Michael Bay’s films often feature pro-military storylines and traditional American values. It appears Bay may be just the director to give this story the proper, reverent treatment it deserves. While liberal Hollywood has ignored the sacrifice of the Benghazi heroes (and our military in general), Bay seems poised to correct that oversight.
While any movie telling the story of the Benghazi Four is welcomed, some are concerned with the choice of Bay as director. Michael Bay movies are often criticized for being mindless, explosion-filled bundles of CGI chaos with little to no plot. The trailer looks promising, so hopefully we will get a smart action drama that pays tribute to those who died.
Here’s the trailer: