Based on the nonfiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings, Animal Kingdom director David Michod and Brad Pitt have brought the larger than life true story to the streaming service. Starring Pitt as an exaggerated version of real-life general Stanley McChrystal, the film takes the viewer into the heart of the infamous US war in Afghanistan (2001-2014). The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley, and hits Netflix on May 26th, 2017.
An absurdist war story 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 exploration 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 NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.