Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for the Michael Bay-directed blockbuster “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
The film, which is scheduled to be released on January 16, the beginning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, offers a minute-by-minute look at the actions of six American security operators who defied orders and attempted to thwart the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
The attack left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two CIA contractors.
The movie is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Sept. 2014 book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.”
The book’s Amazon description reads:
A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.
While the film is not expected to place blame on specific U.S. officials or the Obama administration for the Benghazi attack, its release comes just two weeks before the kickoff of the presidential primary season. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was secretary of state during the attack. Many have blamed her for not beefing up security at the Libyan consulate despite several warnings.