Four years after winning the Oscar for Best Director for Life of Pi, Ang Lee returns with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a drama about the disconnect between life as a soldier in Iraq and life back on the home front. Based on Ben Fountain’s award-winning 2012 novel of the same name, newcomer Joe Alwyn stars as Billy Lynn, who is hailed a hero after surviving a brutal battle and sent on a “Victory Tour” along with several members of his squad. The ensuing psychological journey—grappling with family life and the country’s treatment of veterans—makes up the drama, which also stars Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel. The trailer hammers home the struggle by alternating between footage of Billy in the war zone and Billy as an honored guest among the pomp and circumstance of halftime at a Cowboys game.
The movie generated some buzz after showing footage at the Future of Cinema Conference last month, where its groundbreaking technology was on display. The film is shot in 3D, at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second for each eye, which Sony is calling “Immersive Digital”—or in layperson’s terms, a stunningly crisp visual experience unprecedented in feature films.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk hits theaters on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.