Steve Martin Signs Up for Ang Lee's 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Later this year, we'll hear Steve Martin as the voice of the alien leader Captain Smek in the DreamWorks Animation film Home. Otherwise, it's been a few years since the actor appeared in a live-action film with The Big Year in 2011 being his last comedy appearance on the big screen. But that will change soon as Deadline reports Matin has taken a role in Ang Lee's next film, an adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on Ben Fountain's novel of the same name. Newcomver Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund are already on board to star in the film about the heroic survivors of a battle in the Iraq War.
More specifically, the story follows a 19-year old soldier whose squad survived a battle that was captured on embedded news cameras, making them instant heroes back home. So Lynn and his team get brought back to the United States for a brief promotional tour that will last up until the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas. The tour unfolds with most of the movie taking place during the football game and utilizing flashbacks to what Lynn and his squad dealt with in war. It's not specified what role Martin will have, but it's said to be a key role. We could be looking at an awards contender here. Interested?