Benghazi film 13 Hours may have found one of its lead actors in John Krasinski, according to a recent article from Variety.
Variety reported that “Michael Bay is already targeting production on his next film” and might eventually cast actor John Krasinski in a lead role.
“Sources tell Variety that John Krasinski is in talks to star in Paramount’s ‘13 Hours,’ which has Bay directing and recounts the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.”
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the same information and added that actor “Chris Pratt was initially eyed for the part in the project.” THR did not clarify if Pratt might still appear in the film.
The Variety article reported that Bay was impressed with preliminary talks with Krasinski for the Benghazi film.
“Several actors had been reading for roles in the film, including Walton Goggins and Shea Whigham, but sources say it was Krasinski who blew Bay away in an early meeting for casting one of the starring roles.”
Empire expanded on other actors who are in early talks about appearing in the movie.
“Krasinski is not the only actor interested in this one, as Bay has been auditioning the likes of Woody Harrelson, J.K. Simmons, Walton Goggins and Shea Whigham, but he’s the man who, according to Variety’s sources, most impressed the director during an early meeting. Expect more casting to follow soon.”
John Krasinski to Star in Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie ’13 Hours’ (EXCLUSIVE) http://t.co/T085FtjzqE
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) January 15, 2015
The script for 13 Hours is based on a book written by Mitchell Zuckoff called, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. Mitchell sourced his book from the firsthand accounts of those on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11-12, 2012, when Islamic terrorists attacked U.S. installations located in the city.
The attack on Benghazi has remained in the news cycle since it occurred, with much debate about what really happened and if anyone in the Obama administration, the intelligence community, or the Department of Defense was guilty of negligence or worse.
The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its final investigative report on the attack in November 2014 and many pundits and media outlets declared that the “Republican-led report debunks Benghazi theories and accusations.”
However, the personnel on the ground in Benghazi, along with other military or intelligence veterans, dispute that assertion and in fact call the veracity of the House report into question. On top of this, others criticize the critics of the House report–including the on-the-ground personnel who are criticizing the report.
The Inquisitr previously reported on the House report on Benghazi and how some elected officials want to “move on” while others are dissatisfied with the report.
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