Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for 12 Strong, the Chris Hemsworth led war drama from director Nicolai Fuglsig. Also starring Michael Pena and Michael Shannon, 12 Strong follows a team of U.S. Special Forces after the horrific events of 9/11, as they volunteer to be the first group of soldiers sent to Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission: find and fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.
This is a powerful trailer. The events of September 11, 2001 are the most tragic events in our history. It wasn’t just an attack on our home, but every single family and person in this country. A counter was immediately launched by our government, which led to the Afghani war, but what most don’t know is that it was a platoon or branch of our military that first took off, it was a mere 12 souls.
Before watching this footage, I’d never heard of it before. I had no clue. After seeing the trailer, it’s one of those stories that just deserves to be told. I don’t know how close or loose it’s based, but the film looks fantastic, on multiple levels. The cast is great, the action looks real and authentic, and this whole “horse soldiers” thing that actually happened, I don’t know why but I’m extremely interested in how and why. With names like Hemsworth, Pena and Shannon leading the charge on this one, there will be no way I pass it up next year.
Watch the first trailer below, as well as my live reaction to the trailer from earlier this afternoon. What do you think of the footage? Are you interested in hearing more of this story? Did you know of it beforehand? 12 Strong will be released on January 19th, 2018 and also stars Taylor Sheridan, Geoff Stults, Austin Stowell and Rob Riggle.
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.