Northern Michigan author's book heading to the silver screen

Doug Stanton in Afghanistan while reporting on Horse Soldiers Photo courtesy: Doug Stanton

(WBPN/WGTU) -- Everyone is getting the first glimpse of a movie based on Traverse City author Doug Stanton's book "Horse Soldiers"

The movie trailer for "12 Strong" was released Thursday. According to 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghani warlord to take down the Taliban.

The screenplay for 12 Strong was written by Peter Craig, based on the book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton.

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.

“The story of the Horse Soldiers is an unknown and hugely important part of American history. I named them the “Horse Soldiers” because they entered into modern combat on one of the most ancient means of transportation – their story is like a western with lasers," explained Stanton.

12 Strong stars: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, and Taylor Sheridan and was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig.

The movie will be released January 19, 2018.

Doug Stanton recently released The Odyssey of Echo Company, which tells the stories of soldiers from the Vietnam War.

The trailer for "12 Strong" is below:

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