Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in talks to join the growing cast of director Ang Lee’s film adaptation of the Ben Fountain’s novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” which is set up at TriStar Pictures, with the UK’s Film4 and Studio 8 partnering up on the project.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is described as a “razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq,” which explores the national disconnect between the war at home, and the war abroad. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium – football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
Newcomer Joe Alwyn is set to star as the title character, Billy Lynn, with Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund all also in talks to join the cast, along with Diesel and Tucker, who, if they sign up, will play a soldier (Diesel), and a movie producer who wants to make a movie based on the Bravo Squad’s story (Tucker).
Ang Lee will direct from a script penned by Simon Beaufoy, with principal photography (it’ll be shot in 3D by the way) set to begin later this month, with Marc Platt, producing, alongside Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, for Ink Factory.