Satirising real life events just a few years after they happen can be a tricky minefield, but it is one that Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) has been happy to step into, starring in and producing War Machine.
Adapted by Michôd from the late journalist Michael Hastings' book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan, War Machine finds Pitt as General McMahon, a top commander in the US armed forces, overseeing the conflict and a mission that is riddled with problems, corruption and all round cock ups. It is all loosely – for those important legal distinctions – based on General Stanley McChrystal, who oversaw the US operation in Afghanistan and whose ego got the better of him when he badmouthed the White House in an interview, was recalled and resigned.
With a cast that includes Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight), Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), Lakeith Stanfield (Short Term 12), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave), it promises to blend humour and anger in equal measures. Though it was originally targeting for a late 2016 launch, the film will be on Netflix from 26 May.