John Krasinski In Talks to Star in Michael Bay's Benghazi Movie

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Krasinski will play the movie's lead, a security operator, in the Paramount political drama '13 Hours'

The Office actor John Krasinski is in talks to star in Michael Bay's Benghazi movie 13 Hours.

The political drama is an adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead.

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Bay will direct the Paramount project from a script by Chuck Hogan. The story centers on the six-man security team that fought to defend the many Americans stationed at the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi after it was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012.

Krasinski will play the movie's lead, a security operator named Jack Silva. Silva is a pseudonym used by Zuckoff in his book.

Chris Pratt was initially eyed for the part in the project, which is described as a two-hander.

Erwin Stoff is producing.

Krasinski starred in NBC's comedy The Office for nine seasons. Since then, he's been building up a strong film career, including 2012’s Promised Land with Matt Damon.

He'll next appear in the untitled Hawaii-set Cameron Crowe movie. Krasinski also directed, produced and starred in the upcoming film The Hollars, starring Anna Kendrick and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

He's repped by WME and Schreck Rose.

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