The World Trade Center bombings on September 9, 2001, rocked the entire world in its grisly and dastardly terror attacks. Now, nearly 20 years after the attacks, Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian takes an in-depth look into the legal aftermaths that resulted afterwards. Focusing on the years-long trial of the once-accused Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Guantánamo Bay detainee, the film’s gripping trailer was dropped.
The film stars Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander who attempts to do the unthinkable - legally defend and represent one of the men accused of helping the perpetrators behind the attacks. In her mission she is joined by her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they must escape red tapism, federal scepticism and bureaucracy to get their client out of the torturous and harsh conditions of Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
This is a true story. Here's the first look at the trailer for #TheMauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, @shailenewoodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Coming February 19. pic.twitter.com/OX77z670Bk
— The Mauritanian (@TheMauritanian) December 1, 2020
In one of the most impactful dialogues, Jodie’s Hollander asks, “Since when did we start locking people up without a trial in this country?” The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, as the formidable military prosecutor Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch. Based on Slahi’s book Guantanamo Diary true story the film also stars Tahar Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani.
The Mauritanian is written by M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani. It will release on February 19, 2021.