‘War Machine’: Meet the Cast of Netflix’s Brad Pitt Movie

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Brad Pitt and Sir Ben Kingsley in War Machine. (Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

The newest Netflix-exclusive movie is easily the streaming platform’s most high-profile release. War Machine is a military satire starring Brad Pitt and directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker David Michod. The film is already available to stream. Just click this link, sign in and viola! You can watch the newest Brad Pitt movie without ever leaving your couch! While you’re checking it out, you can read on to meet the star-studded cast.

The film is based on the late Michael Hastings‘ nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, which centers on the journalist’s travels with General Stanley McChrystal.

War Machine is also based on the events that led to McChrystal’s firing after Hastings’ “The Runaway General” Rolling Stone profile was published. The profile revealed that McChrystal had unflattering opinions of the Obama Administration and he lost his post as the commander of all forces in Afghanistan. He was later replaced by David Patraeus.

Michod also wrote the screenplay for War Machine. The film was produced by Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Pitt under his Plan B Entertainment banner. It has a 60 percent fresh rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. It runs 122 minutes long.

Now, let’s meet the main cast.


Brad Pitt as Gen. Glen McMahon

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(Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Pitt, who also co-produced the film with his Plan B Productions, stars as Gen. Glen McMahon. The character is based on McChrystal. Pitt is an Oscar winner as a co-producer on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, which became the first film directed and co-produced by a black artist to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Pitt also has Oscar nominations for his performances in Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Twelve Monkeys. Aside from 12 Years A Slave, he also earned Best Picture nominations as producer on Moneyball and The Big Short. Last year, he starred in Robert Zemeckis’ Allied and is going to work on World War Z 2 next.


Sir Ben Kingsley as Hamid Karzai

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(Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai was president from 2001 until 2014.

The prolific Kingsley is widely regarded as one of the world’s best actors. He won an Oscar for his very first film role, playing Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi. War Machine is already Kingsley’s third movie of 2017, having already made The Ottoman Lieutenant and Security. Last year, he voiced Bagheera in Disney’s The Jungle Book.


Keith Stanfield as Cpl. Billy Cole

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(Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

LaKeith “Keith” Stanfield stars as Cpl. Billy Cole. This is his third film of 2017, since he already appeared in Crown Heights, Get Out and The Incredible Jessica James. He shot to fame as Marcus in Short Term 12 with Brie Larson, which resulted in him getting cast in Selma, Dope and Straight Outta Compton. Last year, he starred in FX’s acclaimed Atlanta.


Will Poulter as Ricky Ortega

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(Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

British actor Will Poulter plays Ricky Ortega. He’s best known for his role in The Maze Runner, Son of Rambow, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, We’re The Millers and The Revenant. His role in We’re The Millers with Jennifer Aniston really took his career to another level. He was going to play Pennywise the Clown in the new film of Stephen King’s It, but he dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. (Bill Skarsgard got the part instead.)

Poulter will next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit.


Scoot McNairy as Sean Cullen

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Scoot McNairy (right) with Topher Grace. (Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Scoot McNairy stars as Sean Cullen. He worked with Pitt on 12 Years A Slave and Killing Them Softly. The Dallas-born actor also starred in Argo, Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He stars as Gordon Clark in AMC’s Halt And Catch Fire.


Topher Grace as Matt Little

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(Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Topher Grace stars as Matt Little, a civilian press adviser for McMahon. Grace is best known for playing Eric Forman in That ’70s Show. He also stared as Venom in Spider-Man 3. His other films include Traffic, Valentine’s Day, American Ultra and Interstellar.


The Rest of the Cast

Here’s the rest of the film’s cast:

Anthony Hayes as Pete Duckman
Emory Cohen as Willy Dunne
RJ Cyler as Andy Moon
Daniel Betts as Simon Ball
Anthony Michael Hall as Greg Pulver
John Magaro as Cory Staggart
Alan Ruck as Pat McKinnon
Meg Tilly as Jeanie McMahon
Griffin Dunne as Ray Canucci
Josh Stewart as Captain Dick North
Tilda Swinton as German Politician
Georgina Rylance as Lydia Cunningham

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