Steve Martin Joins Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’


Steve Martin hasn’t been on our screens a hell of a lot lately, but at least he has an Ang Lee picture coming up.

Deadline reports Martin has joined the cast of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the upcoming film from the Academy Award winning director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi.

Martin will be starring alongside newcomer Joe Alwyn and (maybe) Garrett Hedlund in the Ang Lee-directed picture, which is based on the New York Times bestseller by Ben Fountain. Oscar winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) penned the adaptation.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will tell of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old infantryman who, alongside his servicemen, survives a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration decides to bring the soldiers home to be honoured during a Thanksgiving halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium. The film is said to take place almost entirely during the game, with flashbacks depicting his heroism.

The film is set to start photography in April this year.

Ang Lee.