Ang Lee’s Iraq war-centric film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will arrive in theaters on next year’s Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2016.
The movie is based on a bestselling novel of the same name, which tells the story of Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who survived a battle in Iraq that happens to be captured by the news. They are brought back to the U.S. for a promotional tour, which culminates at the large halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashbacks to the events and Billy’s heroism, all while he faces an imminent return to the war.
Production has already begun on the film, which Ang Lee is shooting in native 3D, high resolution. The Oscar-winning director envisions “creating a new way for audiences to experience drama, including the heightened sensation that soldiers really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.”
Newcomer Joe Alwyn will play Lynn in the film, with Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker all set as co-stars.