Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in talks to join Ang Lee's adaptation of "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk."
Based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel of the same name, the TriStar Pictures drama centers on 19-year-old Army Pvt. Billy Lynn, whose unit survives a brief but intense battle in Iraq that’s recorded by television news crews. They’re brought home by the U.S. government for a “victory tour,” set to culminate with a halftime show during a Thanksgiving Day football game, only to learn they’re destined to be sent back into combat.
Newcomer Joe Alwyn has been cast in the title role, while Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart are in negotiations for other roles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Diesel would play a professional soldier, while Tucker is pegged as a Hollywood producer determined to make a film about the Army unit.
Production is set to begin later this month.