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13 Hours trailer: Michael Bay makes Benghazi movie with Jim from The Office

13 Hours trailer: Michael Bay makes Benghazi movie with Jim from The Office

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a movie I somehow hadn't heard about until today, despite its brain-rattling elevator pitch: director Michael Bay and actor John Krasinski team up for an action movie about arguably the most controversial attack on American diplomats, soldiers, and citizens in the past decade.

On September 11th, 2012, Islamic militants attacked two American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, killing two CIA contractors, a US foreign service information management officer, and a US ambassador — Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens became the first US ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since the late 1970s. Following the attack, State Department officials received continued criticism for failing to provide additional security support before the attack, with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still embroiled in controversy among some right-wing critics over unreleased internal emails.

I'll let Vox explain the rest:

I'd like to highlight two things, even though I know they're plenty obvious. Stick with me.

First thing: the director of the Transformers films, Armageddon, and Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2 is making a film about a real-life attack that resulted in the deaths of Americans. Let this sink in: the last time Bay made a movie inspired by real life, it was Pain & Gain; the time before that, Pearl Harbor. Bay is many things, but subtle is not one of them.

Second thing: Jim Halpert, welcome back! I've really enjoyed your voice work in The Wind Rises, Monsters University, BoJack Horseman, and all those Esurance commercials. According to IMDb, you were in Aloha. How was Hawaii? I have to say 13 Hours feels like a strange choice, but maybe this will do for you what Zero Dark Thirty did for Chris Pratt. If this is what it takes to get Krasiniski a superhero movie, I'm okay with that.

And what does Jim Halpert think of bulky John Krasinski?