Topher Grace has been set to play Brad Pitt’s wingman in Netflix’s war-on-terror-themed black comedy War Machine. The film is based on Michael Hastings’ best-selling nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan and satirizes the handling of that war, and the people running it. Pitt stars as a four-star rock star U.S. general patterned after Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Grace has been set to play his civilian press adviser. David Michod wrote and directed, and Pitt produces with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, in association with Ian Bryce.
The Graveyard of Empires has a new plot, as Not Fade Away‘s John Magaro has signed on to Netflix’s Plan B-produced black comedy War Machine. Based on Michael Hasting’s best selling nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, the film takes a satirical look at America’s decade-plus long military effort in the war-torn nation and the continent-sized egos of the people running it. Magaro will play Cory Burger, a special ops soldier and close advisor to General McMahon (Brad Pitt), the film’s stand-in for General Stanley McChrystal. Written and directed by David Michod, Pitt produces along with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, in association with Ian Bryce.
Magaro was recently seen in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and on Orange Is The New Black. He’ll next be seen this November in TWC’s Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Rooney Mara, Disney’s The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck, and Paramount’s The Big Short, from director Adam McKay, aslo starring Brad Pitt, along with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.
Based on the late Michael Hastings’ controversial best-seller The Operators
Netflix has scooped up rights to the Brad Pitt film about the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal that was being shopped at the Cannes film market.
Animal Kingdom helmer David Michod wrote the screenplay and will direct the satire, originally titled The Operators and now dubbed War Machine, which will be produced by Netflix and Pitt’s Plan B. New Regency and RatPac Entertainment, who were once onboard the project, are no longer involved.
The film, which begins shooting in August, will be streamed in 2016 on Netflix and get a theatrical release as well.
Based on the late Michael Hastings’ controversial best-seller The Operators, the story centers on the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan and offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and the ensuing political firestorm that shook the United States when he was forced to resign. But the film has changed course from its original dramatic vision when the rights were bought and will now be tonally in the vein of Wag the Dog. Pitt will star as Gen. McChrystal.