John Krasinski to Star in Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie ‘13 Hours’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Krasinski in Benghazi Thriller '13
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With the “Transformers” franchise behind him, Michael Bay is already targeting production on his next film.

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.

Krasinski will play one of the lead roles, a Navy SEAL, in the real-life thriller.

Chuck Hogan penned the script based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” to which Paramount acquired rights in February before it was published. Erwin Stoff produces through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production shingle.

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.

Following the end of his hit TV show “The Office,” Krasinski has been patient in finding his next project. In the past he had not normally gone after roles in tentpole pics such as “13 Hours,” preferring prestige films like “Promised Land” and the Sam Mendes movie “Away We Go.”

Krasinski can be seen next in the untitled Cameron Crowe pic starring Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. He is repped by WME

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  1. Sean says:

    Interesting how Super Liberal Krasinki stared in a movie that doesn’t support his favorite person in the world Clinton. Funny how money seems to get in front of liberal agendas until the movie is over. Then he will probably say it was not true and Michael Bay is the devil for telling the truth. HMMM. almost like a pattern in hollywood.

  2. TaterSalad says:

    Listened to 3 of the American “Operatives” who where actually there in Benghazi. They all were wounded to some degree. They helped direct this movie to be truthful and not political. Hillary Clinton did get the 4 American killed in Benghazi because there were 3 actual “stand down orders” given to NOT help these Americans who were pleading for America to help them while being over run.

  3. bettheduck says:

    Why does Bay get projects serious and historical to US policy or lack thereof? He just distorts it with his filmmaking point of view. The truth would be nice..think Pearl Harbor.

  4. How can this be a tentpole? Even with all the pretty explosions, this sounds boring as heck.

  5. wonkers says:

    Looks like it might be another hollywood movie being made to help Hillary Clinton in her run for the president. The tv show Secretary of state currently is one hollywood production trying to soften her image and explain away her bungling of foreign affairs. Watch for more hollywood movies pushing the socialist agenda. It’s what the nazi’s did to come into power. First they spread dissension (look at all of the “black” movies being made to inflame the black persons hatred of the white people) and look at tv media latching onto stories claiming black victimhood (travon, brown) and inflaming the entire black community. Be careful folks, hollywood is not America’s friend.

    • lisa peterson says:

      Hello Wonkers–Yes I believe Hollywood has become corrupt as WH certainly is. What I’ve been reading/hearing about this movie is a factual doc about what exactly happened in Benghazi. How HC/BO knew ot from day one. It claims it will map out how/why HC/BO deceitful actions and lying to public when they knew. I’ve been waiting for any wrong doing/lies she done to be exposed. How pleased I am that this is out way before elections so her followers can view–this being one example of her many deceitful practices/lies which will support how HC isn’t qualified for Pres. hanks

    • Do you make your own tinfoil hats, or do you order them off the internet?

    • wonkers says:

      And I don’t watch fox news.

  6. Aaron1968 says:

    So … wait a second. Back up. This is going to be a film about Benghazi, and it’s going to be directed by Michael Bay?

    Oh man. This could be EPIC.

  7. Forget the haters, nobody shoots a movie like Bay. Especially military stuff, hardware and the like. And the flyover rubes will eat it up, let’s face it it’s BENGHAZI! Winner all around.

  8. cadavra says:

    And Fox News will be calling it a “liberal whitewash” in 5,4,3,2…

  9. Paul says:

    Well, this probably won’t be very good.

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