A24 released the trailer for Dan Krauss’s The Kill Team Tuesday. The film stars Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård and is based on the real events that inspired Krauss’s 2013 documentary of the same name. The film premieres in theaters and on demand October 25th.
Wolff stars as Andrew Briggman, a young U.S. soldier who’s sent to Afghanistan in 2009 and witnesses the killing of innocent civilians under the direction of Sergeant Deeks (Skarsgård). When Andrew considers reporting the killings to higher-ups, he feels his own team and leader begin to turn against him, and fears that he might be their next target.
Krauss’ 2013 Kill Team documentary — which was partly based on a 2011 Rolling Stone report — chronicled a rogue band of American soldiers, led by Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who killed three Afghani citizens. The film centered on Spc. Adam Winfield, a member of Gibbs’ team, who tried to report the crimes and was subsequently charged with murder upon returning to the U.S.
“These events are much bigger than just soldiers or the institution of the military,” Krauss told Rolling Stone in 2013 when the documentary premiered. “War crimes are not a new phenomenon – they’ve been occurring since the Greek wars. I just read the Odyssey and the Iliad and you see desecration and all kinds that are familiar to people who have studied similar cases from the Vietnam era. We don’t hold the licenses on war crimes. Part of the thesis of the film, part of the fundamental conflict of the film, has to do with this notion that clean war is a modern myth.”