Ang Lee’s newest drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is an ambitious story about war heroes returning home after a victory. The first image of the film has just been released and shows newcomer Joe Alwyn as 19-year-old private Billy Lynn.
Based on the 2012 acclaimed book by Ben Fountain, the film follows Billy, and his fellow soldiers in the Bravo Squad, as he becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. His time back ends with a place at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, but through flashbacks the film reveals what really happened to the squad in the Middle East – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.
“Billy Lynn is a story of love, courage and devotion,” the three-time Academy Award-winning director said. “It’s the story of a young man learning his place in the world, and of the special brotherhood among men at arms, the depths of their bonds, and the sacrifices they make.”
The film also stars Kristen Stewart as Billy’s sister, Garrett Hedlund and Vin Diesel as members of the Bravo Squad, Chris Tucker is a movie producer and Steve Martin is an NFL owner. Jean-Christophe Castelli was in charge of the film adaptation.
For this movie, the “Life of Pi” helmer used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.
Lee, Marc Platt, Rhodri Thomas and Stephen Cornwell serve as producers with Brian Bell, Guo Guangchang and Ben Waisbren as executive producers.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be released on Nov. 11.