A new trailer for the Jerry Bruckheimer film “12 Strong” was released Monday, focusing on Army Green Berets, the Northern Alliance forces, horses and unfortunately no Navy SEALS.

“We’ve seen a lot of Navy SEAL movies, which are very smash-and-grab approaches, which is what they do best, better than anyone,” actor Chris Hemsworth said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “With Special Forces guys, they embed themselves in a community over a course of months or years, and it’s a diplomatic duty and relationship building within these communities to achieve their outcome.”

The movie tells the story of a U.S. Special Forces team led by Capt. Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), as they navigate the rugged mountains of Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001.

After linking up with a Northern Alliance general, the Americans and Afghans join forces to fight a common enemy: the Taliban and the al-Qaida affiliates they give safe haven.

The American soldiers must adopt the tactics of their allies, riding horses across the uneasy terrain, in order to retake a key Afghan city.

The film is based off the Doug Stanton book “Horse Soldiers,” and also stars Michael Peña and Rob Riggle. It is scheduled for release on Jan. 19.


Kyle Rempfer is an editor and reporter whose investigations have covered combat operations, criminal cases, foreign military assistance and training accidents. Before entering journalism, Kyle served in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and deployed in 2014 to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.

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