John Krasinski to Lead Michael Bay's Benghazi Drama '13 Hours'
by Ethan Anderton
January 15, 2015
Since director Michael Bay is seemingly done with the Transformers franchise, he's ready to move onto some real drama with 13 Hours, a political drama focusing on the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack against the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. But rather than focusing on all the controversy surrounding Benghazi that has been all over cable news networks, this movie would follow six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. Now THR and Variety report John Krasinski has joined the film, but character details are unclear. Read on!
Variety says that Krasinski is playing a Navy SEAL in the film based on Mitchell Zuckoff's book of the same name, but THR is saying he will play the movie's lead, a security operator named Jack Silva (which is a pseudonym in the book for the real person), but it has not been clarified which one is accurate. Imagining Krasinski in the role of the security operator is much easier, since he doesn't seem like Navy SEAL material (though he did have a small soldier role in Jarhead), but we would have said the same thing about Chris Pratt before he got into really good shape for Zero Dark Thirty. Plus, he was also up for Captain America: The First Avenger at one point.
Anyway, Krasinski will at least have some big role in the film that continues to broaden his career after breaking through on "The Office" so many years ago. Since then he's starred in dramas like The Promised Land, indie charmers like Away We Go and romantic comedies like Something Borrowed, but this is a big one. He even beat out other actors like Woody Harrelson, J.K. Simmons, Walton Goggins and Shea Whigham, which actually makes us think that the security operator role is the one Krasinski has, only because those other actors don't seem to fit the attributes of a Navy SEAL either. Anyway, stay tuned.