Monday, 25 May 2015

Toby Stephens set for 13 Hours

Opting not to take a holiday between seasons of Black Sails, news arrives via Variety that Toby Stephens has signed on for Michael Bay's (Transformers: Age Of Extinction) Benghazi set thriller 13 Hours. He joins a cast that already includes John Krasinski (Away We Go), James Badge Dale (World War Z), Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black).

Written by Chuck Hogan (The Strain), the script adapts Mitchell Zuckoff's book 13 Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi. The focus will be on six members of a security team who fought to defend the US State Department Special Mission Compound in Libya when terrorists attacked the place. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and one of the compound's workers died in the initial assault and two contractors were killed during another attack on a nearby CIA facility.

Stephens is set to play Glen 'Bub' Doherty, a Global Response Staff officer in Tripoli and a close friend of Krasinski's Navy SEAL.

Outside of high seas piracy on the Starz channel, Stephens is probably still most recognisable as the James Bond villain Gustav Graves in Die Another Day (2002). But he has been making up for that recently by playing Bond himself on BBC Radio 4.

Bay began filming 13 Hours on 27 April in Malta, as one of his more personal interim projects before the inevitable Transformers 5. There are no release dates set so far, but we can probably expect it sometime in 2016.

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