STXfilms has released the first trailer for the Guantanamo legal drama, The Mauritanian. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), the film is based on Guantanamo Diary, a memoir by the movie’s subject, Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was held for fourteen years at the infamous detention camp without charge. Though he had no links to terrorism, he was the victim of brutal torture during his time there.
Check out the trailer and an official synopsis below. Starring Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Levi, The Mauritanian will be released on February 19, 2021.
Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.