Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were recently spotted in London, where the Hollywood actor was filming scenes for his new, upcoming movie, the Netflix Original, titled War Machine.
War Machine is reportedly based on the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by late author Michael Hastings. With its much shorter title, the film will follow the tale of “a four-star, ‘rock star’ general” (played by Pitt) whose impeccable track record and a lethal reputation leads him to command the American war effort in Afghanistan.
The movie is reportedly a satirical comedy, based on the character Stanley McChrystal, the original general in the novel.
According to UPI, the film will be one of the first movies produced by Netflix as the entertainment streaming company continues to create its own original content. Netflix is reportedly putting a lot of money into the project to place War Machine on a par with Hollywood film releases.
A source close to the production told the National that in a world where the “cinemas are full of licensing and franchises, this is really a big-budget deal for an original, independent movie.” Reportedly, the budget for the film is $60 million.
As reported by the Mirror Online, while Brad was filming scenes for the upcoming War Machine, Angelina Jolie and 7-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne were apparently looking around the city of London for a house, perfect as a base close to the EU while Jolie continues her humanitarian work. Jolie was also spotted browsing in a London bookstore back in September this year.
Keeping the War Machine movie set realistic, filming will also take place in the United Arab Emirates, and Brad Pitt was spotted earlier this month as the film crew held casting sessions for extras in Abu Dhabi. The sessions were reportedly held on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. The actual filming is to take place from October 21 to November 16.
The film team was looking in particular for former military personnel with specialized weapons experience, along with less-experienced extras with a “military look about them.”
One casting hopeful said he was advised this would be a great opportunity for young college students to play fresh army recruits, but it is unknown whether he was successful at casting call.
Other casting efforts were held in Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain, where they were seeking extras to play “Afghan villagers.”
The film War Machine is directed by Australian David Michod, acclaimed director of the 2011 Oscar-nominated film Animal Kingdom. Besides Brad Pitt, the movie will also feature Dead Zone star Anthony Michael Hall, along with Will Poulter and Topher Grace.
A source close to the film was quoted as saying, “We’re delighted that David and Brad have decided to opt for authenticity by shooting the movie in the Middle East instead of a location closer to home.”
In the meantime, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will soon be seen in their upcoming movie By the Sea, the story of a couple’s troubled marriage. This will be the first time the real-life couple has starred together since the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where Brangelina originally got together.
As reported on the Inquisitr, rumors still fly around the tabloid media that the famous Pitt/Jolie couple is having problems with their marriage, and possibly, some of these rumors emanate from their latest film together. However, speaking to Vogue, Jolie said, “It’s not autobiographical. Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems we couldn’t have made the film.”
“As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones. Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”
The Inquisitr also recently reported on how Angelina Jolie said that filming the movie By the Sea became their honeymoon after their wedding. While the movie is famously set in France, Pitt and Jolie spent several weeks with their six children shooting the film on the Maltese island of Gozo.
Now, fans of Brad Pitt will no doubt be impatient to see his upcoming, sure-to-be-a-hit movie, War Machine, when it hits the Netflix streaming portal at a date to still be determined in 2016.
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