John Krasinski, beloved star of The Office and all around funny man, has been absent from mainstream television and film for the past few years, but that is all about to change in his newest, and surprisingly different role in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
Focusing on the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya a few years ago, Krasinski appears to play a somber, bearded military contractor who heads up a team of soldiers to defend American lives and fight off the ubiquitous forces of terrorist evil. The trailer does not disappoint in its delivery of gunplay, explosions, and meaningful looks into the distance, framed by haunting music. While this is archetypal Michael Bay fare, it sees Krasinski in a surprisingly new setting.
13 Hours shows Krasinski making a clear departure from his traditional roles as the office funnyman or lovable boyfriend. Having been featured in various independent films over the past few years, it would seem Krasinski is bursting out onto the main stage again for what will likely be a safe but soundly entertaining film.
Though it may be hard to picture of Jim Halpert barreling through explosions and slaying terrorists like they’re sales reports, it is not the first time the jokester of the work place has traded in his tie and loafers for guns and glory. One need look no further than Chris Pratt, the mentally deficient but endearing shoeshine on Parks and Recreation, who went from living in a television ditch to battling aliens and taming dinosaurs in blockbuster hits. We can only hope Krasinski fares as well in his upcoming action debut.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opens in theaters on January 15, 2016.