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Brad Pitt Prepares For Battle In The First Trailer For War Machine

The war on terror has proven to be a tricky subject for Hollywood to tackle. For every Zero Dark Thirty and American Sniper, there's been plenty of iffy entries like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Rock the Kasbah. But Netflix has called on Hollywood's biggest gun of all for the upcoming satire War Machine.

Brad Pitt stars as a semi-fictional version of decorated U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, the embattled commander of International and U.S. operations in Afghanistan who is eventually taken down not by a bullet, but by a journalist's exposé. The first trailer (which is actually more of a teaser) reveals that Pitt brings a little Aldo Raine swagger to the war in the Middle East, in what's sure to be a memorable performance.

Acclaimed Australian filmmaker David Michod (Animal Kingdom) helms the Netflix original movie, one that boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, Alan Ruck, and Meg Tilly.

Here's the official synopsis: "A pitch-black war story for our times, writer-director David Michod recreates a U.S. General's roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody–raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an absurdist look at a born leader's ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story's core is Brad Pitt's sly take on one of the most polarizing war figures of a generation: successful, charismatic four-star General Stanley McChrystal, who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist's no-holds-barred exposé."

War Machine moves onto Netflix on May 26. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the movies that will blow everyone away this year.