"The Mauritanian"
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Kevin Macdonald's upcoming legal drama features a starry cast and a current premise.

Kevin Macdonald has his sights set on the American judicial system through The Mauretanian, the director's upcoming legal drama that revolves around a prisoner from Guantánamo Bay. The distributor STXfilms presented the trailer for the upcoming film on Tuesday.

According to STXfilms, the summary is: Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) is captured by the US government and has been in prison for years without charge or trial. Slahi loses hope and finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her collaborator Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face myriad obstacles in the desperate pursuit of justice. Their controversial endorsement and the evidence uncovered by the formidable military attorney Lt. Col. Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) eventually reveal a shocking and far-reaching conspiracy.

The film is scheduled to premiere on February 19, 2021 in the United States. “The Mauretanian” is based on Mohamedou Ould Salahi's 2015 “Guantánamo Diary” memories, which focused on the author's imprisonment in the internment camp from 2002 to 2016. Salahi was held without charge for 14 years before being released. He was tortured while imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay and was the first inmate of the detention center to publish a memoir.

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"The Mauretanian" stars Foster, Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Woodley and Cumberbatch. The film has been touted as a contender for the awards season. Variety reported in November that the film would be submitted for consideration for best actor at upcoming awards shows.

The film was directed by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani and produced by Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland, Leah Clarke, Lloyd Levin, Beatriz Levin, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Michael Bronner.

Macdonald has made a handful of well-received films in recent years, including the 2018 documentary "Whitney", the 2014 disaster thriller "Black Sea" and the romantic drama "How I Live Now" from 2013 He won the Oscar for Best Documentary for his 1999 title, One Day in September, which focused on the 1972 murder of eleven Israeli athletes.

Foster recently appeared in films such as Love, Antosha and Hotel Artemis, while Rahim appeared on Damien Chazelle's musical drama show The Eddy and the 2019 drama film The Kindness of Strangers.

Check out the trailer for "The Mauretanian":

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