With a title like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and a leading man by the name of Joe Alwyn, a newcomer on the Hollywood scene, awareness of this film is going to come down to name recognition for two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and any buzz that gets started at the film’s upcoming premiere at the New York Film Festival. Certainly there will be a contingent of audience members who are familiar with novelist Ben Fountain‘s award-winning title by the same name, but for the rest of us, we’re going to need a bit of hand-holding just to sell us on exactly what this movie is about.
Enter a new behind-the-scenes featurette that dives into the cutting-edge technology behind Lee’s latest film. Lee pushed the limits of filmmaking tech in Life of Pi (another film that put a fresh-faced newcomer in the lead, Suraj Sharma) but this featurette shows that he’s not content with simply repeating previous successes. Audiences can expect a new kind of film experience, almost a virtual reality one, when the awkwardly titled film debuts later this year. It was shot in 3D and intended for a high frame rate presentation in 4K, a decision which shows the lengths to which the production has gone to bring about Lee’s singular vision of providing an immersive, deeply moving experience for the audience.
Also starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will hit theaters on November 11th after its NYFF premiere tomorrow.
Check out the behind-the-scenes featurette below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:
19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions.