BREAKING: At TriStar, Ang Lee has rounded the A-list cast of his adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by setting Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker to join newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart, who were reported previously. The film will be shot in native 3D and 4K, and will look to innovate with revolutionary new high frame rate technology. Lee will set some more top talent for cameos.
Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by 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 produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Lee. It is a partnership between TriStar, Studio 8, Bona Film Group and Film4. TriStar’s David Beaubaire is running point on the picture, which begins shooting this month. Beaubaire becomes more of a force behind TriStar since Tom Rothman took the reins of the studio.