Over the past few years, Michael Bay has become one of the most well-known action directors working today, transitioning from films such as The Rock and Bad Boys to the Transformers franchise in recent years. His 2001 feature Pearl Harbor, however, took the route of taking a real-life event and filtering it through Bay’s perspective, a feat that Bay repeated with his 2013 film Pain & Gain. Bay’s next film has him poised to repeat that idea for a third time.
Titled 13 Hours, the film is Bay’s take on the events surrounding an attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Bay directs this time from a screenplay by The Strain creator Chuck Hogan, who adapted it from Mitchell Zuckoff’s book. The cast includes John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, and Freddie Stroma, and the film’s synopsis is as follows.
An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
The film is set to open in American and Canadian theatres on January 16th, 2016. The red-band trailer can be seen below.