Newcomer Joe Alwyn has been tapped to star in the title role of Ang Lee’s upcoming Iraq war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for TriStar Pictures, Studio 8 and Bona Film Group.
Based on the Ben Fountain novel, Billy Lynn is a nineteen-year-old private in the U.S. military who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. He and his team are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game.
Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events, Billy’s heroism, and his dealing with the imminent return to the war.
No official offer has apparently been made, but Alwyn is said to be the director’s choice after rising to the top of the pile last week. He apparently scored final approval from both the studio and director this past weekend, and this marks his first major role in a feature film.
“Tron Legacy” actor Garrett Hedlund is also said to be under serious consideration for the other male lead role in the movie.