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Brad Pitt Tries To Be A Leader In New War Machine Trailer

Brad Pitt has a job to do in the new trailer for Netflix's upcoming movie War Machine. In the film, Pitt plays Glen McMahon, a four-star general sent to Afghanistan to command the NATO forces and bring an end to the conflict. However, as the new trailer shows, things don't go as planned.

"I'm just trying to work this thing out," McMaohn says at the start of the trailer. "The president gave me a job to do." In order to accomplish that mission, though, McMahon seems to have decided that he needs 40,000 more troops, something which his superiors are vehemently against. Ever the rebel, McMahon fakes computer issues and finagles his way around their objections.

McMahon is told that he is in Afghanistan to clean up a mess, and the trailer highlights how difficult that will be. Aside from the cultural differences between the Americans and the Afghanistans (with one particular insult resulting in a lengthy explanation from McMahon), McMahon is also dealing with a leader who doesn't want to lead in the form of Ben Kingsley's president of Afghanistan. "Mr. President, you need to behave like a leader," McMahon tells him. "But I am behaving like a leader," he responds. "I'm unavailable."

Still, McMahon has a very particular way in which he wants to see things get wrapped up, and he intends to make it happen. "I didn't come here to manage this war, and I sure as s**t didn't come here to close it out," he says. "I came here to win."

War Machine, which already seems like it could be the Oscar contender for Netflix that Manchester by the Sea was for Amazon, also stars Tilda Swinton, 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.