Anthony Michael Hall to Star in Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’ Netflix Original Movie

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Anthony Michael Hall will star alongside Brad Pitt in “War Machine,” Netflix’s satirical comedy about the U.S.’ engagement in the conflict in Afghanistan, slated to be released in 2016.

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.