Hall, whose credits include “Foxcatcher,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Breakfast Club,” will play the second-in-command to Pitt’s four-star general, who’s based on the real-life Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Cast also includes Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”), who will play a civilian media adviser.
“War Machine” is written and directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) and based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” Film is to be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Ian Bryce (“World War Z”).
Netflix has said the original film will be available in theaters and to streaming subscribers in 2016 — although large theater chains have been vocal about their plans to boycott the company’s releases, given Netflix’s short or nonexistent theatrical windows.
After making a mark with original TV series like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” the No. 1 subscription-streaming service has been driving into the movie biz over the past year. It made an initial splash with its Weinstein Co. deal for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” which has been pushed to Q1 2016 from its original late-summer 2015 release date. Other Netflix film acquisitions include Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” for $12 million and the Jamie Dornan-starrer “Jadotville” for $17 million, and the company also has a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler.
Hall is repped by manager Jonathan Brandstein and attorneys Jeff Frankel and Scott Whitehead. His casting in the film was first reported by Deadline.