The upcoming film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has found its squad of beleaguered Iraq War veterans. Filling the ranks of Bravo Squad: Arturo Castro, who will play Mango, Barney Harris, who will play Sykes, Beau Knapp, who plays Crack, Mason Lee, who plays Foo, Brian Astro Bradley, who plays Lodis, and Ismael Cruz Cordova, who plays Holiday. In addition, Makenzie Leigh will play Faison, a Texas cheerleader and love interest to main character Billy Flynn.
They join actor Joe Alwyn, already cast in the title role. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk follows a unit of decorated Iraq war soldiers who, at the height of the war, survive a bloody battle and come out of it hailed as heroes. Brought back stateside to participate in patriotic events to boost support for the war, they become disillusioned with the military and noncombatant civilians when they learn that despite their service, they’re going to be sent back for another tour.
Directed by Ang Lee from a script by Simon Beaufoy and Jean-Christophe Castelli, the film is being shot using state-of-the-art Sony cameras in native 3D, promising high resolution and an unprecedented frame rate.