By Hillary Busis
Updated June 13, 2011 at 07:41 PM EDT

Relativity Media has announced that it plans to distribute Act of Valor, a fast-paced, globe-spanning action film that follows an elite squad of Navy SEALs as they embark on a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent. The movie’s main cast consists of eight actual active-duty Navy SEALs, who play fictional versions of themselves. As a result, it took nearly two years to produce the film, as cast members had to leave at certain points to partake in real missions. The movie, which enjoyed an unusual amount of Navy access, also costars Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2) and Emilio Rivera (Traffic). Act of Valor was completed around the same time that SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden on May 2.

Relativity intends to give the film a wide release in 2012, a year that may also include another major SEAL-themed film — Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s adaptation of Kill Bin Laden, which we last heard was set to begin filming this summer. (Additional reporting by John Young)

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