Brad Pitt Is Here To Win In New Trailer For 'War Machine'

As the Trump administration ponders escalating the war in Afghanistan, a war he spent his campaign bashing by the way, it's a pretty good time for Netflix's biggest acquisition yet, War Machine. The film, often described as a parody, is based on Michael Hastings' book, The Operators, and follows a fictionalized version of General McChrystal, who had an epic rise and crashing fall from grace for talking trash about the Obama administration. What makes this film so important for Netflix is its star, Brad Pitt, and it'll be a showcase for what his level of star power can do for the streaming network's subscription count.

Here's the synopsis to go along with the brand new trailer: In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody — raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command coalition forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.

Also starring Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, and Scoot McNairy, War Machine hits Netflix and select theaters on May 26th.