Kristen Stewart’s career hasn’t exactly taken off outside the Twilight Saga, but joining up with a director with Ang Lee’s pedigree she’ll be hoping Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will be a success.
TheWrap reports she’ll join Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, and Joe Alwyn in the adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel, about 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes.
They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.
Stewart will be Billy’s beloved older sister, Kathryn.
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) wrote the script, which is due to start shooting later this month. It’s not clear yet when it will be in cinemas.