added: Wed, Mar 1st '17
Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for "War Machine," the upcoming military satire that takes a darkly comedic glimpse into the inner political workings of the war in Afghanistan -- starring Brad Pitt as a gung-ho, four-star Army general who, despite being appointed to lead the war efforts in the Middle East, is eventually forced to resign after a revealing article exposes his insubordinate attitude towards his commanders in the White House.
Written and directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker David Michod (The Rover, Animal Kingdom), the Netflix film is an adaptation of the 2012 best-selling nonfiction book "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan" by the late, Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings.
Pitt's character in the film, Gen. McMahon, is loosely based on real-life Gen. Stanley McChrystal who was the U.S. war commander in Afghanistan before a 2010 Rolling Stone article published his disparaging remarks about Vice President Joe Biden. The report set off a political firestorm, and it ultimately led to McChrystal's firing and early retirement.
Also starring Tilda Swinton, Lakeith Stanfield, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Emory Cohen, Meg Tilly, and Ben Kingsley, "War Machine" will be released on May 26th.
A pitch-black war story for our times, writer-director David Michod (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 absurdist look at 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 one of the most polarizing war figures of a generation: successful, charismatic four-star General Stanley McChrystal, 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 expose.
directed by David Michod
starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy, Meg Tilly
release date May 26, 2017 (on Netflix)