The official trailer’s arrived for the dramatic film The Pirates of Somalia starring American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters. The action thriller is inspired by a true story and is based on the bestselling book The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur. Peters takes on the lead role of journalist Bahadur.
Bryan Buckley (The Bronze) adapted Bahadur’s book and directed the fact-based film. In addition to Peters (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Lazarus Effect), the cast includes Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, The Brothers Grimsby), Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl, Hawaii 5-O), and Oscar winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman, Danny Collins). Russell Posner (The Mist, Louder Than Bombs), Philip Ettinger (One Percent More Humid, Dominion), and Aidan Whytock (Blood Drive, Black Sails) are also featured in the dramatic film.
Writer/director Bryan Buckley, Hilary Davis, Phil Hunt, Stephen Kelliher, Michael S. Murphey, Peter Pastorelli, Jane Rosenthal, and Compton Ross executive produced the thriller. Claude Dal Farra, Irfaan Fredericks, Mino Jarjoura, and Matt Lefebvre served as producers. The Pirates of Somalia is set to open in theaters on December 8, 2017.
Describing Jay Bahadur’s book, Publishers Weekly stated, “An engaging account, full of solid analysis. . . . What’s especially impressive (aside from Bahadur’s sheer nerve in insinuating himself among these dangerous men in a lawless corner of the world) is the amassing of multiple perspectives—of pirates and policymakers— that support a rich, suspenseful account.”
The Plot: When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head.
The Pirates of Somalia tells the incredible true story of one reporter’s risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of Somali Pirates the first close-up look into Somalia’s rich culture.