Anthony Michael Hall has just landed a role alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s upcoming satirical comedy War Machine. According to Deadline, the actor will play General Hank Pulver, the right-hand man to Pitt’s four-star general. Pitt’s character is inspired by General Stanley McChrystal, while Hall’s character is inspired by General Mike Flynn, McChrystal’s real-life second-in-command.
The film, which is based on Michael Hastings’ controversial book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, was acquired by the streaming service earlier this year. In the best-selling book, Hastings writes about America’s war with Afghanistan and the military commanders behind-the-scenes.
Hall became famous for his performances in such classic 1980s John Hughes movies as Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. His more recent acting credits include The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher and Results.
War Machine is set to be written and directed by David Michôd (The Rover), with Pitt and his partners at Plan B Entertainment, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producing alongside Ian Bryce (Saving Private Ryan). Topher Grace (American Ultra) and Scoot McNairy (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) round out the film’s cast. Expect to see War Machine on Netflix and in theaters next year.