TriStar Pictures has slated the wartime drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, from director Ang Lee, for release on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. The 3-D film is using new, high-res cameras with a frame rate that will allow audiences to experience drama, including the heightened sensation that soldiers really feel on the battlefield and on the home front. The film is based on the best-selling Ben Foutain novel and stars Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. The studio previously had the spot held for Sinister Six but moved that superhero film off that date.
The story, according to the announcement, follows Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn who survives an Iraqi battle that is captured on news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating in the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game. Unbeknownst to all, there is turmoil as the group faces an imminent return to the war. The film unfolds during the game with flashbacks to Billy’s heroism under fire.
The film is currently in production. Producers are Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. The project is a partnership between TriStar, Studio 8, Bona Film Group and Film4.
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