The last time Brad Pitt pulled off an absurdist satire he played a water-bottle chugging gym rat with a mean pompadour haircut in “Burn After Reading,” so consider us excited for his second time at bat.
Inspired by the late journalist Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, “War Machine” takes aim at the ridiculousness of combat abroad. Starring Pitt as rock star U.S. General General Glenn McMahon, the film chronicles his rise and fall after a magazine exposes some of the less than savory practices of the American military. Pitt also gets to utter genius lines like, “Finish your phone call. The war can wait,” so it looks like it’ll be worth our time.
The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall and Topher Grace.
Watch the trailer below.
“War Machine” premieres on Netflix May 26.