Brad Pitt stars in the upcoming Netflix feature War Machine.
Inspired by the true-story book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, War Machine tells of charismatic four-star general Stanley A. McChrystal, who arrived in Afghanistan to take charge of NATO forces only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.
The film is written and directed by Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), and although what we have below is a teaser trailer, things are already looking mighty promising for a great satire. Pitt – looking like an army Ken doll here – in full character mode is usually great value, the real-life story is fascinating and there’s a nice supporting cast to boot. I’ve been waiting with great interest for Michôd’s next project; fingers crossed.
War Machine, also starring Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly, will be released on Netflix on May 26
Official synopsis for War Machine:
An absurdist war story 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 exploration 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 a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.