This January, Chris Hemsworth returns to the silver screen in the powerful new war drama 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, inspired by the story of the first U.S. Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11.
The film, based on the book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton, written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig and directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, follows the first US troop sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission, under the leadership of a new captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth). There, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies, and adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers.
The cast also includes Elsa Pataky, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Navid Negahban, Geoff Stults, Austin Stowell, Thad Luckinbill, Austin Hebert, Ben O’Toole, Kenneth Miller, Jack Kesy, Kenny Sheard, Laith Nakli, Yousuf Azami, Fahim Fazli, Said Taghmaoui, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle.
The trailer, carrying the message “On September 11, 2001, the world watched in terror. On September 12, 2001, they volunteered to fight.”, features the Special Forces team fighting with horsemen against tanks in the rugged mountains.
“The greatest weapon in history is this.” – an old Afghani man tells Hemsworth’s character pointing toward his heart.
“If you die, that’s a letter you and your wife you’re gonna wish you wrote.” – Hemsworth’s character is told in
The song used in the trailer is a cover of the 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down” originally performed by rock musician Tom Petty and included on his first solo album, “Full Moom Fever”.