The fresh face of Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund’s face won’t be the only ones you will be excited to watch in Ang Lee’s upcoming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
A source close to the project revealed that comic legend Steve Martin is set to join Lee’s ranks, and is pretty excited about it.
The story is based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, and it follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005.
The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war in Iraq.
It is still unknown what role will Martin portray, but he is most likely cast as Albert, a Hollywood big shot who tries to set up a movie based on Billy Lynn’s experiences with the rest of the company. Garrett Hedlund is being eyed to play the protagonist’s moody and thought drill sergeant, while Alwyn will try to shine in the main role as Lynn.
Simon Beaufoy (Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire) adapted the book for the movie, which will be produced by Marc Platt, Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas, as well as Lee.
Production is set to start in April.