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Ang Lee's next film heads to Atlanta

Ang LeeOscar-winning director Ang Lee is heading to Atlanta to shoot his next major feature, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. 

The film is an adaptation of the novel by Ben Fountain which centres on the eponymous young American soldier as he and his colleagues return from active service in Iraq in 2005. The lauded veterans are granted a pass to the Dallas Cowboys stadium to be honoured during the Thanksgiving halftime show, and it is during this time that most of the narrative is played out in flashback. 

There is certainly a hefty pedigree behind this one: joining the garlanded Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain director Lee is screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, the pen behind Slumdog Millionaire and himself also an Academy Award holder. 

Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin lined up to star, but the pivotal central character of Billy Lynn will be played by fresh faced young British actor Joe Alwyn, a recent graduate of the renowned Central School of Speech and Drama in London  – a role that could catapult him straight into the big league. 

Cameras are set to roll in Atlanta from April on this one, which comes from Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Bona Film Group. Producers are Lee, Marc Platt and the UK’s Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas of Ink Factory. 

For more on filming in Atlanta, head to our Georgia production guide