Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tim Blake Nelson set for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) has quite the ensemble for his latest, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk already, and he clearly isn't finished constructing the roster. With Steve Martin (Shopgirl), Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Kristen Stewart (The Runaways), Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) and Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook) all aboard, news now arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln) has recently joined the cast.

Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire (2008) writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's novel, Billy Lynn follows the titular 19-year-old soldier (Alwyn), who along with his squad has survived a tough battle in Iraq that made headlines and turned the troops into instant celebrities.

Shipped home for a promotional tour by the army, they're scheduled to return to combat after the final engagement of the trip, a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day American football game in Texas. As the game progresses, we see flashbacks to what Billy and his platoon endured in the heat of battle.

Nelson is filling the role of Wayne Foster for the film, which Lee is currently shooting now in 3D, with ultra high resolution and frame rate. As for Nelson, he is also signed on to a role in James Franco's (As I Lay Dying) The Long Home.

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