ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Here's some quick but interesting news. According to Variety, Michael Bay, the director behind such big budget, action packed films as the Transformers franchise and Pearl Harbor, might cast The Office's resident prankster John Krasinski as one of the lead roles in his upcoming film 13 Hours. Interesting.

Even more interesting, Krasinski's potential role is based on a true story and has him playing a Navy SEAL. The screenplay, written by Chuck Hogan, is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi. So, maybe a bit more hardcore than the lighthearted comedic roles we know him from, right?

I actually love John's work and think he could play just about anything, but somehow this pairing seems a bit strange to me. Maybe it's just because I can't imagine Jim Halpert jumping through Bay-esque explosions ect.

This is not to say that I have no faith in John's acting ability. He was great in Away We Go, for example, which was unlike his general body of work. It would actually be great to see him break his typecasting! He deserves it. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Michael Bay is the director to do that with.

Of course none of this is set in stone at the moment. Empire states that other actors in talks for the role include Woody Harrelson, J.K. Simmons, Walton Goggins and Shea Whigham, but Krasinski is still the frontrunner.

I don't really know how to feel about this casting call, but I'm definitely interested in seeing how the news for 13 Hours progresses.


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