New ‘War Dogs’ Trailer Embraces the Corruption of the American Dream

     June 30, 2016


Warner Bros. has released a new War Dogs trailer online. Previously titled Arms and the Dudes, the film is based on a true story and stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two ambitious young men who become weapons traders for the U.S. government, landing multimillion-dollar arms contracts and living the high life before everything comes crashing down.

This looks like a fun change of pace for everyone involved. There are shades of Pain & Gain, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Lord of War, and if that’s the mash-up with director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) comic sensibilities, then this looks too bonkers to pass up, especially when you’ve got Hill and Teller in the lead roles plus a supporting turn from Bradley Cooper.

Check out the new War Dogs trailer and poster below. The film opens August 19th.

Here’s the official synopsis for War Dogs:

From director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) comes “War Dogs,” a comedic drama based on true events, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash,” the “Divergent” trilogy).


“War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.


The film also stars Ana de Armas (“Knock Knock”) and four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”).


The screenplay is by Stephen Chin and Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic, based on the Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes,” by Guy Lawson. Oscar nominees Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Steve Jobs”), Todd Phillips (“Borat”) and Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”) are the producers, with David Siegel and Bryan Zuriff serving as executive producers.


“War Dogs” reunites Phillips with several of his collaborators from “The Hangover” trilogy, including director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Bill Brzeski and editor Jeff Groth. Joining the team is costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”). The music is by Cliff Martinez (“Drive,” “Traffic”).


Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Joint Effort/Mark Gordon Company Production, a Todd Phillips movie, “War Dogs.” Slated for release on August 19, 2016, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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