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Vin Diesel Joins 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,' Being Shot in 3D

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April 8, 2015
Source: Deadline

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Following the addition of Kristen Stewart to the cast of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a new drama from Life of Pi director Ang Lee, the project has gained two new co-stars, and some information about how the film will be shot has also come to light as well. Deadline reports Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel and Rush Hour franchise star Chris Tucker have both landed roles in the film about a 19-year old soldier whose squad survived a battle that was captured on embedded news cameras, making them instant heroes. But there time in the war is told in flashbacks during their leave back home for a promotional tour.

Lynn (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn) and his team get brought back to the United States for a trip 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. No word on who each of the new actors will be playing, but Diesel could easily be part of the soldier squad, which wouldn't be anything new for the actor who has a role in the ensemble cast of Saving Private Ryan. Garrett Hedund and Steve Martin also star in the film written by Simon Beaufoy.

What's interesting is that this film will also be shot natively in 3D and 4K, with an eye towards using revolutionary new high frame rate technology. But will this be the kind of technology that lands with a thud like the 48FPS element used to shoot The Hobbit trilogy? We likely won't know until the film hits theaters, but Ang Lee did some pretty revolutionary things with 3D and visual effects in Life of Pi, so it'll be interesting to see how a film like this, which at fist glance doesn't seem to lend itself to showcasing this kind of technology, turns out in 3D and 4K. Production starts next month, but there's no release date set yet.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Still pushing 3D on us? At least THE LIFE OF PI used it well. Maybe there is hope.
    • grimjob
      Didn't see it in 3D, but damn I bet that was something. That flick was beautiful.
    • Tuomas Lassila
      People still complain about 3D?
      • avconsumer2
        Theaters still show it and upcharge for it?
        • Tuomas Lassila
          My question again.
          • cg
            Haven't watched a film in 3d since avatar and haven't wanted to either.
          • avconsumer2
            Somehow lucked out on a Prometheus showing... was advertised as IMAX 3D, but some integral part of the 3D mechanism pooped out... so got 2D IMAX Prometheus. Just... jaw droppingly gorgeous.
          • Tuomas Lassila
            But 3D is awesome, for the most part...
          • avconsumer2
            Ok... I guess I, personally, don't really complain about it much anymore, I just simply don't go to 3D showings anymore. (Even when they try to shoehorn it into every. Single. IMAX. Viewing.) In fact, was a large reason I massively upgraded my home theater (perceived better than majority of local theaters now!) Suppose I should really thank them for trying to shove it down my throat.
          • Tuomas Lassila
            How underrated is 3D again?
          • avconsumer2
            It's overrated. Pretty much the same tech since the 80's.
          • Tuomas Lassila
            Whaaat? But I mostly see people writing hate comments about 3D, how can it be overrated?
  • MattPeloquin
    Steve Martin? The comedian? this would be a pretty unique project for him, I can't even remember the last movie he was in, nonetheless a drama.
    • avconsumer2
      Chris Tucker in a drama as well. Should be interesting.
  • ari smulders
    This sounds awesome!

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