Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker Join Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

Vin Diesel Chris Tucker Casting
Getty Images

Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in talks to co-star in Ang Lee’s Iraq War drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for TriStar.

The “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in the title role in the film based on the Ben Fountain novel. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin and Garrett Hedlund have also been cast.

“Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group.

The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.

Lee is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting in native 3D, high resolution and with an ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second — with the aim of creating for audiences the heightened sensations that soldiers experience.

Diesel stars in “Furious 7,” which hit theaters last week. Tucker was last seen in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“Billy Lynn” is Lee’s first film since he won the best director Oscar for “Life of Pi.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Leave a Reply

2 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Pixworks says:

    It sure has been a long time since we saw Chris Tucker in anything.

More Film News from Variety

Loading