Brad Pitt will play General Stanley McChrystal, the former commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, in Australian director David Michod’s military film, “The Operators.”
The film, which profiles the Afghanistan war, will be written by the “Animal Kingdom” filmmaker and will be based on journalist Michael Hastings’ 2011 book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan,” which expanded on his 2010 Rolling Stone article, “The Runaway General,” which revealed that McChrystal made dismissive remarks about President Barack Obama and his administration, leading to his resignation as commander.
The article was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and it won the 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment, will produce the film with New Regency and Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment. Other details about the upcoming film are yet to be revealed. Plan B Entertainment and New Regency most recently collaborated on “12 Years a Slave,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in March.
Michod’s next film, “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, is slated for a June 13 release. There also are unconfirmed reports that “The Rover” will debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
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Pitt will be next seen in David Ayer's upcoming World War II drama, "Fury."