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Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal

Brad Pitt at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 2, 2014 after winning best picture for "12 Years a Slave".
Mario Anzuoni—Reuters Brad Pitt at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 2, 2014 after winning best picture for "12 Years a Slave".

The Benjamin Button star has signed on to produce and star in the movie adaptation of the late Michael Hastings' explosive behind-the-scenes account of the former Army general's fall from grace, detailed in his book The Operators and a Rolling Stone article in 2010

A movie about the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal is in the works and Rolling Stone reports that Brad Pitt has been tapped to star and produce.

The film, called The Operators, is based on the late Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, which goes behind the scenes with Gen. McChrystal while he was still the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The book itself is based on Hastings’ 2010 Rolling Stone article, “The Runaway General,” which revealed that McChrystal and his staff had openly and crassly disparaged the White House administration and its handling of the war in front of Hastings. The article earned Hastings the George Polk Award and led to McChrystal’s firing by President Barack Obama. Hastings died in a car crash last summer at the age of 33.

There’s no production date set for the movie adaptation, though David Michôd, who helmed 2010’s Animal Kingdom, has reportedly signed on to write the script and direct.


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