New ’12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth & Michael Shannon Take on Al Qaeda

A new trailer has arrived for 12 Strong, the upcoming true story war drama led by Chris Hemsworth.

The Aussie star plays Mitch Nelson, the newly-named Captain of a U.S. Special Forces Team sent into Afghanistan in the days following 9/11. Their mission finds them teaming up with Afghani horse soldiers in order to take on the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

You know what you’re getting here. There’s plenty of patriotism, action, and hero shots, and those are not necessarily negative. As I said with the first trailer, there’s an old-school, comfortably familiar vibe to this one; the machinations are clear, and they could result in an energetic and affecting picture if they’re used well. There’s also a solid cast, including Michael Shannon and Michael Peña. This could go either way, but for now, here’s another decent trailer to check out.

Directed by newcomer Nicolai Fuglsig and written by Oscar winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon) and Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2).

12 Strong, also starring Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hebert, Kenneth Miller, Laith Nakli, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle, among others, will open in the US on January 19, 2018.

Official synopsis for 12 Strong:

Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

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