In The Mauritanian, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jodie Foster clash in pursuit of the alleged “chief recruiter of September 11”.
The tense legal drama is expected to be released in time for Oscar review, and a three-plus minute trailer was released on Tuesday.
The film by Last King Of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald is based on the memoir of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi who has been held for 14 years without trial.
Jodie Foster as defense attorney Nancy Hollander and Benedict Cumberbatch as military prosecutor Lt. Col. Stuart Couch clash in the trailer that just came out of The Mauritianian
Director Kevin Macdonald’s film is based on the memoir of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi who was held for 14 years without trial. He is played by Tahar Rahim
In his bestseller Guantanamo Diary, first published with editors in 2015, Mauritania-born Slahi detailed how he was mistreated and tortured during his captivity which ran from 2002 to 2016.
The trailer opens with Jodie Foster, a defense lawyer named Nancy Hollander, arriving at Guantanamo Bay to visit a new client, Slahi, played by Tahar Rahim.
She is advised to wear a hijab when visiting because, she says, “we have had cases of inmates spitting on female lawyers.”
The trailer opens with Hollander and his assistant played by Shailene Woodley, arriving at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba to visit a new client, Slahi.
Slahi, from Mauritania in Northwest Africa, is among dozens of prisoners held without charge or trial in the heavily guarded US military detention camp
Hollander, a top criminal defense lawyer, has decided to represent the Mauritanian who has been pushing for a trial for six years
Meanwhile, District Attorney Couch learns from his boss that Slahi “recruited the guys who flew your friend’s plane in the South Tower”
Couch Tells His Legal Team They Call For Death Penalty For Slahi “But If We Miss Something This Guy Goes Home”
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of the military prosecutor, Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Couch, in charge of the Slahi case.
“He recruited the guys who flew your friend’s plane in the south tower,” his boss told him.
Couch tells his legal team that they are asking for the death penalty for Slahi “but if we miss anything, this guy comes home.”
Slahi is seen in an orange jumpsuit and in chains escorted by military guards and in his small single cell.
When Hollander and his assistant played by Shailene Woodley get their hands on the case files, they discover that most of the evidence is redacted.
“If you have a problem, talk to the government,” she said.
When Hollander and his assistant, played by Shailene Woodley, get their hands on the case files, they find that most of the evidence is redacted.
“If you have a problem, bring it up with the government,” Hollander said.
Slahi explains to Hollander: “All my time here I was told, ‘you are guilty’. Not for something I did but because of suspicion and associations
“I am innocent,” he insists.
Slahi explains to Hollander: “All my time here I have been told ‘you are guilty’. Not for something I did but because of suspicion and associations.
“I am innocent,” he insists.
Hollander and Couch meet for a beer at a seaside bar and he asks her, “Do you mind working for someone like this?”
Hollander replies, “I don’t just defend him. I defend the rule of law. “
“You didn’t see what I saw,” Couch replies.
Hollander and Couch meet for a beer at a seaside bar. Hollander says, “I’m not just defending him. I defend the rule of law. Couch responds: “You haven’t seen what I saw”
The trailer then goes through scenes of intimidation and torture of prisoners at the base.
Bloodied Slahi is seen slumped in his single tiny cell
Then it looks like Couch starts having doubts: “I’ve never been part of a plot but I’m starting to think that’s what it must be like to be outside of one” , he said to his boss.
The trailer then shows scenes of intimidation and torture of prisoners at the base, including Slahi.
Next comes a scene where it looks like Couch is starting to have doubts about the case.
“I have never participated in a conspiracy but I am starting to think that it is what it must be to be outside of one”, he saw say to his military chief during a tense conversation.
Slahi gets his trial and appears in the courtroom via a video link.
“For eight years, I have dreamed of being in a courtroom,” he says.
“Now that I’m here, I’m afraid of dying.
The Mauritanian will be released by STX Entertainment on February 19, 2021.
Slahi gets his trial and appears in the courtroom via a video link. “For eight years, I have dreamed of being in a courtroom,” he says. ‘Now that I’m here I’m afraid of death’
The Mauritanian will be released by STX Entertainment on February 19, 2021. It will be eligible for the Oscars after the Oscars are postponed until April 2021