‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Trailer: Ang Lee Tackles War

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Sony has unveiled the first trailer for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the next film from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee.

An adaptation of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel of the same name, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk follows a 19-year-old soldier (Joe Alwyn) who has returned to a hero’s welcome after a harrowing Iraq battle. As Billy and his fellow soldiers take part in the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, flashbacks reveal what really happened during his tour.

Talk about promising. Lee, director of The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, not only takes the helm of an originally-told, important story, but he does so with technical vigour. The director has shot the movie at 120 frames per second, in 4K native 3D, unprecedented for a feature film.

The trailer provides a good look at the film, which could very well pack an emotional punch with its look at the realities of war, both on and off the field, and the often glamourised perception the public has back home.

As you can tell, we can’t wait.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, also starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin, will arrive in Australia on November 10 and hit the U.S. on November 11.

Synopsis for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:

Three-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.