Sony Pictures has dropped a new trailer for its forthcoming war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from director Ang Lee. The ambitious pic, based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is the first from a major studio to be shot in 4K, native 3D at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames-per-second — much higher than what audiences are accustomed to. The pic will bow in theaters on Veterans Day, November 11, then roll out after that.
Told from the perspective of a 19-year-old (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who has just returned from the Iraq War, the film highlights — through flashbacks culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game — what really happened to the squad, contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.
The film was screened last night in Hollywood at The Vine to a handful of people with a Q&A afterwards with Lee and producer Marc Platt. Lee talked about how he initially did a short film using the technology to experiment with the lighting, make-up and costuming as the resolution is so high that every detail can be examined by the audience. The perception to the viewer is as if they are actually standing next to actors inside the scene.
He said he tackled the technology using “baby steps.” The film, which co-stars Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin, also deals head on with the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder after conflict and what makes a hero.
The script was written by Jean-Christophe Castello. In addition to Lee and Platt, The Ink Factory’s Rhodri Thomas and Stephen Cornwell also served as producers.