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Brad Pitt Is Starring As A ‘Rock Star’ US General In Afghanistan In Netflix’s ‘War Machine’

Brad Pitt War Machine

Loosely based on the real life story of General Stanley McChrystal.

It seems like I’ve talked about a new Netflix property that looks absolutely sick every day this week, and it looks as if they might see out its entirety the way they’re going as they just keep dropping awesome looking stuff all the time.

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The latest in this series of releases is the trailer to a new Brad Pitt movie called ‘War Machine’. It’s loosely based on the story of General Stanley McChrystal, who jumped in to command the NATO forces in Afghanistan but found himself overwhelmed by the complexity of the job. Here’s the official blurb:

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.

The Netflix original film is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Joining Pitt in War Machine is a highly decorated cast including 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. Ian Bryce and Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt serve as producers. James Skotchdopole serves as executive producer. The film will be released on Netflix on May 26, 2017.

Yeah, that does look really stupid but should also be pretty entertaining. Michôd knows what he’s doing, the cast is great and the source material should be dumb enough already that they probably don’t even need to add too many jokes to make it a comedy. Pitt also looks as if he’s playing a role that he isn’t normally used to either which should be fairly entertaining.

Basically, Netflix look like they’ve smashed it once again. In case you missed it, check out the new Will Smith movie they have coming out this year too. Looks epic.


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