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The unlikely duo of Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker join Ang Lee's latest film

04.08.2015
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Last fall it was confirmed that Ang Lee's next film would be an adaptation of the Iraq War novel "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain. Today THR brings us news of some rather interesting casting choices; both Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in negotiations for roles in BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK. Diesel is course hot off the success of FURIOUS 7 while Tucker is...apparently still acting.

Here's the book synopsis from Amazon:

A razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq, it explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Ben Fountain’s remarkable debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

Vin Diesel's role would be that of a professional soldier while Chris Tucker would play a movie producer who want's to make a movie about the soldiers. Joe Alwyn is stated to star as the title character while Steve MartinKristen Stewart, and Garrett Hedlund are also in negotiations for roles in the picture.

Production is set to get underway next month with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and the studio is planning to shoot the film in native 3D and 4K with an ultra high frame rate. Pardon? Apparently Ang Lee wants to create "a new way for audiences to experience drama, including the heightened sensation that soldiers really feel on the battlefield and on the home front." Lee has definitely proven that he knows how to shoot 3D with LIFE OF PI but despite his statement I'm still not certain why a film like this requires 3D, much less HFR.

Extra Tidbit: According to Tucker, there's no particular reason why his film appearances are so limited; he just does his stand-up regularly and when a film comes along he likes, he'll do it.
Source: THRDeadline

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2:59PM on 04/09/2015

Enough with 3D. Stop trying to make it happen.

Avatar was the only film where it worked how it should and was an enhancement not a gimmick. Not that I love that film but the 3D worked and didn't distract like most 3D post converted misfires. Other than that, the content of the film sounds like it might be really worth checking out.
Avatar was the only film where it worked how it should and was an enhancement not a gimmick. Not that I love that film but the 3D worked and didn't distract like most 3D post converted misfires. Other than that, the content of the film sounds like it might be really worth checking out.
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8:20AM on 04/09/2015
"When a film comes along he likes he'll do it..." Yeah right Chris....
"When a film comes along he likes he'll do it..." Yeah right Chris....
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1:58AM on 04/09/2015
Chris Tucker was such a lucky bastard in that dance rehearsal scene in Silver Linings Playbook.
Chris Tucker was such a lucky bastard in that dance rehearsal scene in Silver Linings Playbook.
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9:55PM on 04/08/2015
Well, at least it's not another Rush Hour movie. Or is it???
Well, at least it's not another Rush Hour movie. Or is it???
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9:48PM on 04/08/2015

If it's Ang Lee, I'm on board!

The guy happens to catch a slice of "Americana" better than most directors, which is amazing. Although I thought WOODSTOCK was not that great, he knocks most of his projects out of the park. Especially LIFE OF PI and LUST, CAUTION. Two movies that will always be wayyyy high up on my list of favorites. Looking forward to any projects he has in his future.
The guy happens to catch a slice of "Americana" better than most directors, which is amazing. Although I thought WOODSTOCK was not that great, he knocks most of his projects out of the park. Especially LIFE OF PI and LUST, CAUTION. Two movies that will always be wayyyy high up on my list of favorites. Looking forward to any projects he has in his future.
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