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Brad Pitt Tries To Find Peace In War Machine Trailer

Brad Pitt might be the one to end the war in the newest trailer for his upcoming Netflix movie War Machine. In the film, Pitt plays four-star general Glen McMahon (also known as "the man who kicked Al-Qaeda in the sack"), who is tasked with going to Afghanistan to end the eight-year long war in the country. However, as he is warned at the end of the trailer, he's not there to win. He's there to clean up the mess.

"We are here to build," McMahon tells his assembled forces. "To protect. To support the civilian population. To that end, we must avoid killing it at all costs. We can't help them and kill them at the same time, it just ain't humanly possible." However, many seem to doubt his proposal. Although he says he is there to take the war in a "new direction" by building Afghanistan into a free and prosperous nation, he faces pushback from the president of Afghanistan, played by Ben Kingsley, who say that sounds a lot like the claimed old direction. His forces also worry that the image of them coming in as invaders with guns and trying to convince the locals that they are good people is too tough a sell. Also a thorn in McMahon's side is Tilda Swinton's character, an official who tells him that her job is to "ensure that your personal ambitions are kept in check."

War Machine, which already seems like it could be the Oscar contender for Netflix that Manchester by the Sea was for Amazon, also stars Emory Cohen, RJ Cycler, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, John Magaro, Alan Ruck, and Meg Tilly. The film, inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Aghanistan by Michael Hastings, is written and directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and will hit Netflix on May 26. While we wait, see what other shows and movies it will have to compete with to become one of Netflix's best releases.