Having already seen his fair share of war films in the likes of Inglorious Basterds and Fury, Brad Pitt is donning the camouflage get-up once more as he spearheads the charge in Netflix’s War Machine. Joined by a fantastic cast including the likes of Ben Kingsley, Tilda Swinton, Will Poulter, Anthony Michael Hall, Emory Cohen and Topher Grace, the film looks very much a great combination of strong and relevant drama mixed with parody.
Of course, Pitt looks every bit the capable man to bring such a film to the plate and this looks to be yet again another fascinating movie to come from the Netflix Original collection.
You can watch the new trailer below.
In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.
The Netflix original film is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Joining Pitt in War Machine is a highly decorated cast including Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos and Ian Bryce serve as producers. James W. Skotchdopole, Pauline Fischer, Sarah Bowen and Sarah Esberg serve as executive producers. The film will be released on Netflix on 26 May, 2017.