‘The Mauritanian’ Trailer: Jodie Foster & Shailene Woodley Defend a Terror Suspect

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Take a look at the trailer that’s arrived for The Mauritanian, a legal thriller led by Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film is based on a true story and is an adaptation of the best-selling memoir Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Salahi – a man who was suspected of being a part of al Qaeda and imprisoned at the US detention camp for over 14 years before being let go. He was detained without charge. Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Past) plays Salahi, Foster and Woodley play a defense attorney and her associate, respectively, who take on one hell of a case to find justice. Cumberbatch plays a determined military prosecutor.

While the USA’s handling of suspects during the “war on terror” post-9/11 isn’t quite the hot topic issue it was years ago, it nevertheless remains a troubling period of recent history that deserves continuous scrutiny. Salahi’s case of imprisonment, with years of torture, saw him subjected to isolation, temperature extremes, beatings, and sexual humiliation. In one reported incident, he was blindfolded and taken out to sea for a mock execution.

The film is directed by Kevin Macdonald, whose credits include documentaries such as the Oscar-winning One Day in September, Touching the Void and Whitney, and films such as The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and Black Sea. The screenplay comes from M.B. Traven, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, the latter two of whom are attached to write DC’s planned Black Adam movie.

Also starring Zachary Levi, Langley Kirkwood and Corey Johnson, The Mauritanian is set for US release on February 19th, 2021.

Official synopsis for The Mauritanian:

Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.

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