Jodie Foster Defends Accused Terrorist

STX Films has released a trailer for The Mauritanian, a legal thriller starring Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Foster plays an attorney who decides to defend a man suspected of being “the head recruiter of 9/11” — or, as one general puts it, who –

“recruited the guys who flew your friend’s plane into the South tower.”

The accused is Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), and he’s been languishing inside a prison cell at Guantanamo Bay without formal charges brought against him and with no expectation of a fair trial. Foster goes toe-to-toe with a military prosecutor played by Cumberbatch.

Here’s the trailer –

STX provided this synopsis –

“Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (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 (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.”

The Mauritanian is based on a true story and a memoir by the real Ould Slahi called Guantanamo Diary, which wound up on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland) directs this political and legal thriller that also stars Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani.

The Mauritanian will be released in theaters on February 19th, 2021.