Netflix just unveiled a new trailer for War Machine from writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom). Brad Pitt stars in what’s described as an “absurdist tale and a pitch-black war story” inspired by Michael Hastings’ book, The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. The cast also includes Emory Cohen, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, Scoot McNairy, RJ Cyler, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Alan Ruck, Josh Stewart, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Netflix has set a May 26, 2017 premiere date.
The Plot: In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd 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.