Brad Pitt Stars as a Savage Parody of a U.S. General in Netflix's 'War Machine'

‘Animal Kingdom’ director David Michôd satirizes the rise and fall of a four-star General.

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Brad Pitt is taking on yet another war film, this time starring as retired United States Army general Stanley McChrystal in Netflix’s upcoming War Machine. Written and directed by David Michôd — who helmed 2010’s acclaimed Animal Kingdom — and based on the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings, War Machine is billed as “a pitch-black war story for our times” and satirizes McChrystal’s rise and fall as “an absurdist look at a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly” as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Featuring a star-studded cast that sees Pitt — who is also producing the film — alongside Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly, War Machine hits Netflix on May 26.

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