Brad Pitt Starrer ‘Fury’ to Close London Film Festival

David Ayer's movie follows an American tank crew during WWII

LONDON — Brad Pitt starrer “Fury” is to close the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Pic makes its European premiere on Oct. 19 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

The film was written and directed by David Ayer, whose helming credits include “End of Watch,” and whose writing credits include “Training Day” and “The Fast and the Furious.” Pic also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman (“Noah”), Michael Pena (“End of Watch”) and Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing night gala, while a cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings will take place at movie theaters across the U.K.

Pic is set in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push across Europe, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

The movie lensed in England, in the Oxfordshire countryside and at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, for 12 weeks last year. It is produced by Bill Block, Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher. Exec producers are Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott and Ben Waisbren.

Clare Stewart, festival director, said: “‘Fury’ is a resounding cinematic achievement. Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences.”

Sony Pictures Releasing will release the film in U.K. cinemas on Oct. 24.

The festival runs from Oct. 8 to 19. The full program will be announced on Sept. 3.

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