I had a blind spot for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk until today but now I’m finally getting clued into this crazy Ang Lee (The Ice Storm, Hulk) directed project via the announcement that Vin Diesel and the ever elusive Chris Tucker have joined the cast. Based on the Ben Fountain novel of the same name, the film is an Iraq War satire that takes place in Texas and revolves around the surviving members of a squad of soldiers who, while preparing to return to Iraq, embark on a media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium. Most of the story takes place on the day of their appearance at the stadium, with flashbacks scattered throughout.
The cast for this one is all over the place in a fairly great way and includes Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Steve Martin. Simon Beaufoy will adapt Fountain’s book for the screen. Tucker is a virtual ghost these days, who finally seems to be coming out of his shell in lieu of any impending Rush Hour movies. His last film was Silver Linings Playbook for David O. Russell. Interestingly enough, this film will be shot in Ultra High Frame Rate 3D. I’m not sure what about the material beckons for that approach, but I’m genuinely curious to her how it’s employed. Vin Diesel’s Furious 7 muscle should leverage some folks into theaters for this one.