Last summer Netflix announced “War Machine,” a satirical comedy from David Michôd starring Brad Pitt. Netflix has been quiet about the project for the last few months, but the streaming-service released a trailer and confirmed a premiere date for the original film earlier today. You will have to wait until early summer to watch the film, but you can at least check-out the trailer, or read the novel the film is based on, starting today.
Netflix describes the film stating, “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 exposé.”
The film itself is based on the popular book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. You can watch the first trailer for the film below, or on Netflix’s YouTube channel.
“War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of Americas ambitions,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos last summer. “Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film.”
“We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience” said Pitt.
Starring alongside Pitt in War Machine are 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.
“War Machine” will debut on Netflix on May, 26 2017.