Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.
Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells the true-life story of Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who survived a harrowing Iraq battle captured by news cameras. Billy and his squad are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events and Billy's heroism.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is currently shooting with producers Marc Platt, Ink Factory's Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a partnership between TriStar, Studio 8, Bona Film Group and Film4. At this time, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has no direct competition on November 11. But the Marvel movie Doctor Strange opens the week before. And the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open the following week.