Two young U.S. soldiers are heading for a deployment in Iraq. “Promise you’ll look out for him over there,” the mother of one tells her son’s buddy. “Yeah, of course,” he replies.
But war is hell — in many ways — as laid out in the first trailer for The Yellow Birds, which mixes intense battle action with intense post-battle emotion.
The logline: Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan) forge a deep bond of friendship during boot camp. When tragedy strikes their platoon in Iraq, one of them must return home to face the hard truth behind the incident and help a grieving mother (Jennifer Aniston) find peace. Toni Collette, Jason Patric and Jack Huston also star.
Alexandre Moors directs from a script by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto based on Kevin Powers’ bestselling novel. Jeffrey Sharpe, Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon are the producers, with Aniston and Lowery among the 17 (!) credited executive producers.
The R-rated film bowed at Sundance last year and Saban Films picked it up for North American distribution in December. It will get an exclusive four-week DirecTV window starting May 17 before hitting theaters and on-demand June 15.
Have a look at the trailer and tell us what you think.