Adapted from the 2012 book by Ben Fountain, the war drama centers around the titular 19-year-old private (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn), who was invited to appear at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game. Lee uses this setting as a catalyst for flashbacks that reveal what exactly happened during Lynn’s tour in Iraq. The ensemble includes Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker.
While the story is more or less your typical drama of courage and heroism that honors our bravest soldiers, Lee has shot the movie in a way no other filmmaker has ever attempted to on the big screen. Along with cinematographer John Toll, Lee has utilized an ultra-high frame rate of 120fps in an attempt to capture the experiences of wartime in the most realistic way possible. The standard frame rate for movies is 24fps, although Peter Jackson recently tested 48fps on his first “The Hobbit” adventure. Critics and fans complained about Jackson’s use of the technology, citing it made the film look like a video game, although notices out of NAB last month, where Lee showed off test footage, have been nothing but positive.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be released on November 11, which hopefully gives theaters enough time to have the technology required to screen the film in Lee’s desired format. Watch the debut teaser trailer above.