Brad Pitt Will Play Gen. McChrystal in ‘War Machine’



Well, technically Brad Pitt will play a four-star general “patterned after” General Stanley McChrystal in War Machine, a satirical comedy written and directed by David Michôd. While that distinction may be there to soften the blow of the comedy, the logic falls apart when you add in the fact that the movie is based on Michael Hastings’ notorious book The Operators, with in turn was based on “The Runaway General,” Hastings’ even more notorious Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal, the one credited with ending the General’s military career.

Got all that? Brad Pitt will play a general who probably won’t be named “Stanley McChrystal” in a movie based on a book that was definitely written about General McChrystal. The movie will aim to be funny in a way that usually pisses off the people that it’s about. Michôd previously wrote and directed Animal Kingdom, an excellent movie about Australian organized crime.

The other big news is the studio that’s paying for the film: Netflix has acquired rights to the movie and will premiere it next year on the streaming service. There will probably be a brief theater run in New York & Los Angeles to make it eligible for awards, but you should be able to stream it pretty much right away. Pitt is the biggest movie star yet to put out a high-profile movie as a streaming-first release. The world’s definitely changing.

  • rivrat1970

    Now we wait for “it.” The deluge of racist, Obamaism, somehow misogynist and conspiracy theories.

    What ever Pitt’s politics, I really enjoyed the “how it should have ended” Inglorious Bastards” (sp?)

    Satire works both ways. Although I hope there is a homage like “my business is killing ______and business is good.”

  • conradswims

    Take everyone in Helliwood. Round um up and drop um off unarmed in the HH called the ME. Helliwood is filled with degenerate dope fiend that would sell their Mother it they could make a buck.

  • Rudy

    This movie aim is to poke fun at a Great General the lefties loathe. I hope it flops. Brad Pitt is a fine actor; he should not take this role, unless his political view is with the liberals.

  • Otis beyong

    Hopefully the film will illustrate the fraud that was foisted upon the world.

  • retin88

    During an election year, good or bad, depends on your political leaning – RIGHT or LEFT or in between.


    That”s a piss poor selection. IMO