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'Act of Valor' trailer and poster - A film about Navy SEALs that stars active Navy SEALs

Relativity Media is taking a risk on Act of Valor. It has already cost the studio $13 million, and another 30 million will be needed to advertise the film, yet Act of Valor has virtually no big-name actors on its docket. In fact, the film’s stars aren’t actors at all, but they’re arguably the most qualified candidates for the roles: active duty Navy SEALs themselves. 

Directors Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy have taken what was once a recruitment video and with help from writer Kurt Johnstad (300), created a full-length film loosely based on past Navy SEAL missions, according to The Blaze. In addition to a cast of Navy SEALs, the Department of Defense has supplied the filmmakers with military toys both big and small, which should mean some pretty impressive (and accurate) scenes.

Although the trailer doesn’t completely outline the plot, the synopsis, found on Collider, is as follows:

Act of Valor follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs.  The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.”

There are a couple actual actors in the film. Act of Valor will also co-star Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2) and Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), and will hit theaters Feb. 17, 2012. It looks fascinating, at the very least, though we already see a bit of Hollywood drama creeping into the mix. What Navy Seal mission would be complete without a new song by Snow Patrol?

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