Well, it was only a matter of time before Brad Pitt joined the Richard-Gere-and-George-Clooney club of silver foxes. The first trailer for War Machine has debuted. No, that’s not Marvel’s War Machine suddenly getting an on-demand spin-off. This one is all about a gray-haired Brad Pitt, another A-Lister making a jump from the big screen to Netflix.
War Machine is going to be about General Stanley A. McChrystal (Pitt), a commander of the US Armed Forces. He was known for his time leading troops in the Afghanistan war effort. McChrystal was also a commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in the mid-2000’s. Shortly after he made harsh remarks and rude gestures targeted at Washington officials in 2010, he was recalled from service and turned in his resignation.
The film will be based on The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings.
The Man Who Can Get The Job Done
We actually don’t see the “old” Brad Pitt until toward the end of the teaser. It opens with some military commanders, and some suits presumably from the White House, telling McChrystal,”Our hope is that you are the man who will get the job done.”
The scene cuts to a US soldier remarking on being unable to distinguish the locals at their Middle Eastern assignment. “I can’t tell the difference between the people and the enemy. They all look alike to me,” he says.
We see a couple of women making separate remarks toward the general as well, on how he has spoken to the president only once in seventy days, and how he was fighting “a war that he will never win”.
We finally get the shot of gray-haired Brad Pitt in army fatigues, sarcastically telling another official to finish his phone call, as “the war can wait”. The 53-year-old actor looks quite natural in the role, ditching the tuxedo from Allied for a soldier’s get-up.
Longtime fans of Brad Pitt would know that he does excel in the role of military man. He played Lt. Aldo Raines in Inglorious Basterds and Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier in Fury, both to positive response.
An Absurdist War Story
Unlike several war stories, however, War Machine looks like it’ll take a more lighthearted approach to the film. In the trailer, Brad Pitt’s character smiles dryly and raises his eyebrows, as if in amusement at the events surrounding him. Netflix’s official description calls it “an absurdist war story”. It also calls it, “part reality, part savage parody”, and remarks on the blurring between the two lines.
If that doesn’t draw interest, the talent in front of the cameras just might. Joining Brad Pitt are the likes of Tilda Swinton, Anthony Michael Hall, and Sir Ben Kingsley. David Michod (Animal Kingdom) also directs, so we can expect some veteran hands involved in the film’s handling.
War Machine premieres on Netflix on May 26, 2017.